NBPA Foundation Provides Slam Dunk In Over $1.5M In Matching Player Grants In 2021

January 13, 2022

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation today announced over $1.5 million in matching player grants during the 2021 calendar year.

Through the NBPA Foundation’s matching grants program, current and former players have an opportunity to partner with the NBPA Foundation to receive a matching grant designed to amplify their charitable giving and philanthropic efforts in their communities.

During the past year, the NBPA Foundation partnered with 90 current and former players and distributed matching grants to 92 new organizations and initiatives, encompassing a wide range of areas including…

During the past year, the NBPA Foundation partnered with 90 current and former players and distributed matching grants to 92 new organizations and initiatives, encompassing a wide range of areas including, but not limited to:

  • Global and Domestic Natural Disaster Relief Efforts
  • Youth Sports Programming
  • High School and College Academic Scholarships
  • Basketball Court Refurbishment Projects
  • Financial Assistance for Local Black-Owned Businesses
  • Hunger and Food Security

Support for Resource Allocation amid the COVID-19 Pandemic


“As the world navigates through the coronavirus pandemic, we are so proud of our players who continue to be leaders and supporters, responding to the inequities in our society and using their platform to lift up their communities.” – Lyzz Ogunwo, Program Director of the NBPA Foundation.

Including the $1.5 million awarded in support of player-driven efforts, the NBPA Foundation awarded over $2.8 million in grants in 2021 to assist organizations throughout the world that seek to improve the lives of those in need.

Including the $1.5 million awarded in support of player-driven efforts, the NBPA Foundation awarded over $2.8 million in grants in 2021 to assist organizations throughout the world that seek to improve the lives of those in need.

All media inquiries should be directed to communications@nbpa.com


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The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation

Established in 1997, the National Basketball Players Association Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of its members and providing support and assistance to persons, communities, and organizations throughout the world that seek to improve the lives of those in need.

Through grants that match players’ philanthropy and charitable giving, the Foundation highlights and accelerate the real and collaborative work that basketball players do worldwide to build their communities and create meaningful change.

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