Sep 13th, 2007 by Inside Hoops
Houston Rockets five-time All-Star center Yao Ming has teamed up with two-time NBA MVP guard Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns to host a charity basketball game in Beijing, China on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Yao/Nash Charity Gala event will feature an exhibition game between a team of NBA players led by Nash and the Chinese National Team led by Yao.
“This event means a lot to me,” said Yao. “This is a busy time for all NBA players as they prepare for the upcoming season and I am very grateful to all of the players who have committed to help Steve and me with this project. We hope this event will make a big difference in the lives of many needy children in China.”
Proceeds from the event will go to several causes selected by Yao and Nash, including China Youth Development Foundation to build schools and pay the tuition of mentally challenged and poor students in China’s poverty-stricken western regions.
The Rockets organization has supported Yao’s efforts by sending General Manager Daryl Morey to the event and through a monetary donation that is the maximum amount allowed by the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement.
“The Rockets organization is extremely proud of the work Yao is doing in China,” said Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander. “Yao is one of the truly genuine role models in sports who understands both his professional and social responsibility. This charity game will be televised throughout all of China and the money raised will make a real difference in the lives of many deserving children.”
In addition to Nash, other NBA players expected to participate include: guards Baron Davis (Golden State Warriors), Leandro Barbosa and DJ Strawberry (Phoenix Suns); forwards Chuck Hayes (Houston Rockets), Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets), Amir Johnson (Detroit Pistons) and Alando Tucker (Phoenix Suns); and Los Angeles Clippers center Paul Davis.