NBA SUMMER LEAGUE COMMUNITY CARES PROGRAMS
The NBA Summer League continues to give back to the Las Vegas community since its inception in 2004.
Following are a few of the key programs that the operators of the NBA Summer League have developed to show appreciation to the Las Vegas Community:
SUMMER LEAGUE JR. NBA
Summer League Jr. NBA is a 16 team youth basketball league (boys/girls) that was created to assist the youth throughout Southern Nevada and to provide them with healthy programming focused on leadership, sportsmanship, and accountability while instilling positive core values.
As a way of giving back to the community for its many years of support, the NBA Summer League will underwrite all cost for student-athletes to participate.
HOOPS FOR ST. JUDE
The NBA Summer League is a proud supporter of the Hoops for St. Jude program, which helps St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital raise awareness and support for kids battling cancer.
Between the annual NBA Summer League Coaches & GMs Table Tennis Challenge and a silent auction at Summer League, the Hoops for St. Jude program regularly raises more than $50,000 each summer, which is just a part of the league’s ongoing relationship with the hospital.
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY PARADE
For the past 35 years Las Vegas has hosted its “Living the Dream” parade to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a proud member of the Las Vegas community for the last 13 years, the NBA Summer League was well represented at this years parade. Representing the theme “Delivering Dreams Since 2004,” 2 trucks were decorated with NBA Summer League branding and over 100 Summer League community members took part in the celebration. Community partners that participated include Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, the Tarkanian Basketball Academy, Findlay Toyota, BDJ Foundation (coming from LAX), the Summer League ball crew and team assistants, Jonathan Scott of NBC Sports Radio, as well as Las Vegas entertainers Sham Lewis and Toscha Comeaux.
NOCHE LATINA AT NBA SUMMER LEAGUE
The Noche Latina program at NBA Summer League celebrates the growing support of NBA fans across Latin American and U.S. Hispanic communities. Noche Latina at the NBA Summer League honors some of the fine young Hispanic players and coaches in the NBA and Las Vegas community. Last year US Congressman Ruben Kihuen was on hand to help present the scholarship awards.
MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT AT NBA SUMMER LEAGUE
Each year we honor the country’s military veterans from all branches of service and recognize a specific military group from within the Las Vegas community, for their support and work with veterans.
The 2017 Honoree is the Veteran’s Village of Las Vegas and founders Arnold and Shannon Stalk. Veterans Village is dedicated to the creation of an environment that is home to United States Veterans. This is a unique and innovative approach to holistic and comprehensive housing with 24/7/365 crisis intervention center intensive support services. They provide supplies and services to residents including housing, medical and mental health services, employment training, referrals and placements, food pantry/nutrition programs and transportation to the VA Hospital and primary care clinics. Our veterans who reside at Veteran’s Village, from all eras, wars, conflicts and branches of service, will be honored for their service.
You can learn more about Veteran’s Village of Las Vegas at http://veteransvillagelasvegas.org/
ADOPT A SCHOOL (CLARK COUNTY SUMMER PROGRAM)
Wendell Williams Elementary was the adopted school for the 2016-2017 school year. The NBA Summer League provided Thanksgiving baskets for families, dedicated a banner and helped began a “Time Out to Read” program which rewards students for reading with Summer League tickets.
The 2017-2018 Adopt a School will be Fremont Middle School, which has three boys on Summer League Jr. NBA teams.
ADOPT A FAMILY
Over the holidays Santa delivered 12 “Three Point Baskets” on behalf of the NBA Summer League to 12 “Adopt-a-Family” families in need. The BDJ Foundation also assisted with providing gift cards for the baskets.
SUMMER LEAGUE HALF-TIME PERFORMERS
NBA Summer League half-time performances are frequently chosen from organizations throughout Clark County. Emphasis is placed on featuring our community’s youth. The Special Olympics of Southern Nevada basketball team has been a featured half-time event for over 10 consecutive years. Special Olympics Sports Director, Harry Mong and his coaches practice with the athletes for months in advance of their much anticipated half-time performances.
Youth basketball teams, dance teams, cheer teams, and singers from the City of Las Vegas, Clark County Community Centers, YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs and the Clark County School District also frequently perform.
SUMMER LEAGUE IDOL
In 2016 the NBA Summer League launched “The Sound” American Anthem Search. Local singers under the age of 18, from the Las Vegas community, were invited to audition for a chance to perform on opening weekend of the NBA Summer League. The 35 audition spots were filled in just under 4 hours and auditions took place at UNLV on May 21, 2016. Judges included 40-time Tony winners and Broadway producers, Alan & Kathi Glist, Steve & Delly Fortang, hosts of “Future Stars Showcase”, NBC radio personality Jonathan Scott and singer and former American Idol contestant, Sham Lewis.
Local student, 10-year old Alexandra Kouretas, 2015 Little Miss USA, was named the first winner of “The Sound’ and performed the National Anthem on Opening Night of the NBA Summer League.
“The Sound” American Anthem Search 2017, open auditions will take place in June, 2017.