After last year’s debacle in Las Vegas, the NBA for whatever reason decided to take on New Orleans for the All-Star game. Many players and fans were concerned that New Orleans might not be ready for such an event with Hurricane Katrina still fresh in our hearts and minds.
Las Vegas was a disaster for the league, so this year David Stern wanted to erase those frightening Vegas memories and make a positive statement. He has surely done exactly what he set out to do. This year in New Orleans, the NBA has brought together 2500 people to take part in the rebuilding of this great city.
For those who had concerns, be aware that the NBA has partnered with the state of Louisiana to create a season long rebuilding effort to assist over 30,000 children and build 40 places where families can learn, live and play.
NEW YORK AND NEW ORLEANS, February 7, 2008 – More than 2,500 people attending NBA All-Star 2008 will roll up their sleeves to participate in one of 10 service projects throughout New Orleans on Feb. 15, marking the largest single-day effort by the NBA Family in its ongoing support in rebuilding the city. The All-Star Day of Service, which will highlight a week-long schedule of community events impacting more than several thousand New Orleans-area residents, will include NBA All-Stars and participants, former players, NBA business and media partners and guests.
Over NBA All-Star week you can expect to see 25 community services events including reading rallies, hospital visits and new basketball court dedications. This will be an amazing event that everyone should try to find some time for.
“This season has given the NBA a great opportunity to support the revitalization of a great American city. With our NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service the entire NBA Family along with our marketing and media partners, players and guests are ready to roll up their sleeves and lend a hand. There is nothing more important to the league than helping this city and its people rebuild,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern.
If you will be in New Orleans during this week, here is a list of locations for events:
City Year School Revitalizations Laurel Elementary School 820 Jackson Avenue
McDonogh 35 High School 1331 Kerlerec Street
Rebuilding Together Home Refurbishments Holy Cross Neighborhood 900 Lizardi Street
KaBOOM! Playground Build Mahalia Jackson Center 2102 Freret Street
Hands-on New Orleans Supply Kit Assembly Marriott Hotel 555 Canal Street Hands-on New Orleans School & Home Refurbishments Capdau School 3821 Franklin Avenue
Fairmont Neighborhood 3531 Mandeville Street
Habitat for Humanity Home Builds Musician’s Village 4000 North Roman Street
New Orleans East 4733 Wilson Avenue
Central City 3627 1st. Street