NBA Foundation to donate $2 million to organizations helping the Black community

The NBA Foundation plans to donate $2 million in grant money to seven different organizations aimed to increase educational and economic opportunities in the Black community.

Those organizations include exalt, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, Marcus Graham Project, Operation Dream, Team Inc, The Knowledge House and the Youth Empowerment Project.

The NBA said those organizations align with its foundation’s mission “to provide skills training, mentorship, coaching and pipeline development for high school, college-aged, job-ready and mid-career Black men and women in communities across the United States and Canada.”

This marks the first donation the NBA Foundation has made after the league’s Board of Governors pledged this summer to donate $300 million toward the foundation. The NBA’s 30 owners plan to reach that total by giving $30 million through the next 10 years.

Members of the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets kneel around a Black Lives Matter logo during the national anthem before a game on July 31 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. (Photo: Ashley Landis, USA TODAY Sports)

In October, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced the foundation’s Board of Directors. The group includes NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts, four NBA owners (Charlotte’s Michael Jordan, New Orleans’ Gayle Benson, Atlanta’s Tony Ressler, Toronto’s Larry Tanenbaum), and two NBA players (Philadelphia’s Tobias Harris, Sacramento’s Harrison Barnes).

While 23 out of 30 NBA teams used their home venues or practice facilities as voting sites on or leading into the Nov. 3 Election Day, 15 teams have also announced varying initiatives that either involve monetary contributions or workshops devoted toward social justice causes.

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