NBA (www.NBA.com) All-Star Game and Skills Competitions Held in One Night for the First Time, With On-Court Action Starting at 6:30 PM ET on TNT; NBA and NBPA to Commit Over $ 2.5 Million to Support HBCUs and Communities Affected by COVID-19; NBA and NBPA establish health and safety protocols for NBA All-Star 2021.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that NBA All-Star 2021 will take place on Sunday, March 7 at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, home of the Atlanta Hawks, where the league’s annual worldwide celebration of the game will take place. the one night for the first time, with action on the court starting at 6:30 pm ET on TNT. As part of this year’s events, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced that they will commit more than $ 2.5 million in funding and resources to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and support and awareness on equity and access to COVID-19 care, relief and vaccines.
TNT’s NBA All-Star coverage will begin at 5 p.m. ET with TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax, followed by the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge and MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. Coverage of the 70th NBA All-Star Game will begin at 8 pm ET, with the AT&T Slam Dunk at halftime. The game will follow the same format (https://on.nba.com/3pxzCxa) as last year, with teams competing to win each quarter and playing to a final target score during the untimed fourth quarter.
Rosters for the NBA All-Star Game will be determined through the NBA All-Star Draft, where the two team captains will select from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves at each conference and make their selections regardless of conference affiliation. . Captains will be the All-Star starter for each conference that receives the most votes from fans at their conference. The NBA All-Star headlines will be announced tonight, Thursday, February 18, at 7 p.m. ET on TNT.
In association with Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) (https://bit.ly/2M5PLMM), UNCF (United Negro College Fund) (https://bit.ly/2M953As), National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO ) (https://bit.ly/3k92Ph2) and Direct Relief’s Fund for Health Equity (https://bit.ly/3doUxQy), partners NBA, NBPA and NBA All-Star 2021, including AT&T, MTN DEW® and Taco Bell®, will highlight the importance of HBCUs and raise awareness of the uneven impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. Additionally, All-Star will feature special performances by HBCU musical groups and unique narration and content from distinguished alumni and students.
For NBA All-Star 2021, the NBA and the NBPA have established additional measures to complement the league’s current health and safety protocols. These include private travel to and from Atlanta, the creation of a “mini bubble” environment within a single hotel for players and coaches, and enhanced PCR testing. More information is available here (https://on.nba.com/2ZrY1JQ). Additionally, for the well-being and safety of the greater Atlanta community, there will be no fan activities, ticketed events, or hospitality functions as part of the All-Star.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: “NBA All-Star in Atlanta will continue our annual tradition of celebrating the game and the best players in the world before a global audience. In addition to the on-court festivities, the All-Star Game will honor the vital role HBCUs play in our communities and will focus attention and resources on COVID-19 relief, particularly for the most vulnerable. “
Michele Roberts, Executive Director of NBPA: “The HBCUs provided premium education to our communities at a time when we were denied access to higher education. They were there, and have remained there, for us. Now we are with them. “
Thurgood Marshall College Fund President and CEO Dr. Harry L. Williams: “As a founding partner of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the NBA has been a constant supporter for more than 33 years. By dedicating its All-Star platform to supporting historically black colleges and universities, the NBA is making a profound statement about the league’s commitment to a better future, recognizing the crucial role that black colleges have always played in facilitating equity. racial and serve the African American community. . “
UNCF Executive Director Dr. Michael Lomax: “We welcome this exciting opportunity to partner with the NBA and the players. Together, the NBA and the players can shed light on the vital work of our nation’s HBCUs and help ensure that we can support our black college students on their educational journeys. “
Clark Atlanta University President Dr. George T. French, Jr .: “The Clark Atlanta University community is incredibly excited to be a part of the NBA All-Star 2021. The night will provide a unique opportunity not only to to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, faculty and alumni, but also to share the rich history and essential contributions of our institution and other HBCUs with a global audience. “
Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) President Rev. Matthew Wesley Williams: “As the NBA All-Star Weekend visits the city of Atlanta to showcase the talents and contributions of some of the best and most well-known athletes in the world, the ITC community I am pleased to join the NBA and its players in celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of some of our nation’s greatest institutions – our historically black colleges and universities. “
Morehouse College President David A. Thomas, Ph.D .: “NBA All-Star 2021 presents an extraordinary moment to highlight the legacy of scholarship, leadership and service that the HBCU has represented since its founding. Morehouse College is excited to be a part of this momentous occasion and celebration. “
Morris Brown College President Dr. Kevin James: “Morris Brown College would like to thank the NBA, NBPA and the entire NBA family for including us in this year’s All-Star Game. We welcome and appreciate the attention that the evening will bring to the unique and vital role played by historically black institutions here in Atlanta and across the country. “
Spelman College President Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell: “As the NBA All-Star returns to Atlanta, Spelman College looks forward to being part of the celebration that highlights HBCUs across the city and beyond. Our mission at Spelman is to educate black women to become world leaders and inspire a commitment to positive change. We are honored to be a part of our nation’s HBCU’s NBA 2021 All-Star celebration. “
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