Formed in 1949 through the merger of the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America, the National Basketball Association (NBA) comprises 30 professional men’s basketball teams, and is one of the four largest professional sports leagues in the US (alongside the MLB, NFL, and NHL).
NBA Cares, the league’s philanthropic arm, supports education, youth and family development, and health-related causes, with a particular focus on serving young people. Key partners include the Boys & Girls Club of America, UNICEF, YMCA of the USA, and the Special Olympics.
NBA’s commitment to education is evident through programs like Math Hoops, which is administered in partnership with Learn Fresh. Math Hoops is a basketball-themed board game that teaches fundamental math skills to students in third through eighth grade. More than 150,000 students have participated in the Math Hoops program, and some have gone further by entering NBA Math Hoops Championship events across the United States.
The NBA is also a partner of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, having supported HSF’s Alumni Hall of Fame Gala (AHOF) for a number of years. The NBA’s support of AHOF allows HSF to provide scholarships and Support Services, including Student and Family Programs across the US to thousands of families, as well as Scholar Support Services such as mentorship, leadership development, career services, knowledge building and wellness training to HSF Scholars, and HSF 3.0., the proprietary technology platform that underlies all HSF programming and scholarships.