The NBA All-Star games had New York City buzzing this past weekend. Athletes and celebrities from near and far braved the harsh winds and temperatures to participate in the many festivities the city had to offer. With pack schedules and engagements, NBA Cares helped NBA and WNBA players make time to give back to their most loyal fans in unique ways.
The players kicked off the jammed packed week with the official Wheelchair Basketball Clinic. The event allowed youth that are limited to wheelchair mobility to participate in the sport of basketball.
Check out flicks from the event below.
NBA Cares Ambassador @felipelopez13 works on passing drills with participants at today’s @NBA/@nwba_official Wheelchair Basketball Clinic! #NBACaresNYC15 A photo posted by NBA Cares (@nbacares) on
Later in the week, players took some time to learn a bit of the coding business. Partnering with Girls Who Code, players were able to listen to presentations from young ladies who are putting their coding lessons to work in an effort to produce quality computer programs and applications.
Great time at the NBA Cares All-Star Coding Session pres. by @sapsports! Students from @GirlsWhoCode with @NBA SVP of Digital Media Melissa Brenner, @WNBA Cares Ambassador @ruthriley00, @sastars center Jayne Appel, @GirlsWhoCode COO/CFO Solomon Steplight, Michele Hovet (Industry Advisor, North America, @SAP Public Services), Tara Mulcahy (VP of @SAP Global Sponsorships) and @Facebook’s Ellora Israni! #NBACaresNYC15 A photo posted by NBA Cares (@nbacares) on
Players were also present at the grand opening of a new basketball court at a public school in Queens, New York. Following the ribbon cutting, they hosted the #NBAFit clinic.
New basketball court officially dedicated in Queens with @dofficialmutombo & Gheorghe Muresan! #NBACaresNYC15 A photo posted by NBA Cares (@nbacares) on
@WNBA star @SkyDigg4 meets a new friend at her #NBAFit clinic presented by @KPShare! #NBACaresNYC15 A photo posted by NBA Cares (@nbacares) on
Players later partnered with City Harvest and packed over 160,000 pounds of food for New Yorkers in need.
@NBAAllStar Day of Service: @spurs Tim Duncan sorts food for those in need with @cityharvestnyc #NBACaresNYC15 A photo posted by NBA Cares (@nbacares) on
@NBAAllStar Day of Service: @nyknicks @carmeloanthony having fun giving back with @cityharvestnyc! #NBACaresNYC15 A photo posted by NBA Cares (@nbacares) on
@NBAAllStar Day of Service: @dofficialmutombo made some new friends while packing food for those in need in NYC! #NBACaresNYC15 A photo posted by NBA Cares (@nbacares) on
These are just a few highlights that prove All-Star weekend was much more than just dunk contests and celebrity games.In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, these noteworthy and hardworking professionals made sure to give back to a greater good. For additional photos from the week, head over to the NBA Cares instagram page.