The NBA is teaming up with UNICEF to gather food, water, medicine and other aid supplies to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Today, the league released a public service announcement featuring Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, a Filipino American asking fans to join in the relief efforts by making their donations to UNICEF.
Meanwhile, the Heat and Carnival Corporation have also pledged to donate at least $1 million to support relief efforts, here's the full press release from the team's website:
MIAMI-The Miami HEAT has teamed up with Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), its 10 cruise brands and the Carnival Foundation in making a pledge to donate at least $1 million to support relief efforts in communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. HEAT owner Micky Arison is also the chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc.
"All of us at Carnival and the Miami HEAT extend our deepest sympathy to the Philippines and its people," Arison said. "The typhoon in the Philippines has caused massive destruction, and is having a tragic impact on people and families, including those members of our extended Carnival family who reside in the region. We are in the process of evaluating a variety of worthy organizations that are doing fantastic work in the Philippines. In addition to providing financial support for relief efforts, our collective thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been impacted."
"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," said Miami HEAT Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, a Filipino American. "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."
In addition to pledges, each of Carnival Corporation & plc's brands and its employees will continue to support the ongoing relief efforts through local fundraising and other aid initiatives.
Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise company in the world, with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Ibero Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK).
Together, these brands operate 102 ships totaling 209,000 lower berths with eight new ships scheduled to be delivered between spring 2014 and fall 2016. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & plc is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.
How to help: For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution to UNICEF's relief efforts, please contact the U.S. Fund for UNICEF:
Toll free: 1-800-FOR-KIDS
Text: RELIEF to 864233 (UNICEF) to donate $10
Mail: 125 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038
As with any emergency, in the event that donations exceed anticipated needs, the U.S. Fund will redirect any excess funds to children in greatest need.
For more information about Typhoon Relief Efforts, please visit the NBA Cares website.