NBA, Heat donate to Philippines relief
NEW YORK (AP)
The NBA and the NBA Players Association made a second $250,000 donation toward relief efforts in the Philippines this week, and the Miami Heat announced it has teamed with Carnival Corporation to pledge at least $1 million.
Heat owner Mickey Arison is the chairman of Carnival Corporation.
"We would like to extend our condolences to the victims in the Philippines, an area I hold close to my heart and have visited four times in the last five years,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, a Filipino American, said in a statement. “It is vitally important that we do everything possible to help those impacted by this tragedy. My thanks and appreciation to Carnival, Micky Arison and the entire Miami Heat organization. We value the many fans that we have over there, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers."
World Vision, which received the NBA's latest donation, said it sent a flight Monday to Manila that included 5,000 blankets and 3,000 tarpaulins to be used to help survivors build temporary shelters following Typhoon Haiyan, which may have left thousands dead. World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, said there are nearly 400,000 people affected by the disaster.
The league has been working with the organization in various efforts in the region since 2009.
The NBA and the union made a joint $250,000 donation to UNICEF on Sunday.
Further information is available at http://www.worldvision.org/.