The NBA is using jerseys from its opening night games to help victims of recent natural disasters.
In partnership with Turner Sports, the league is supporting an auction of game-worn jerseys for the four teams that played Tuesday night, the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. Jerseys donned by LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and other stars are all included. Proceeds will go help recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
“It’s heartbreaking to see the devastation caused by these recent natural disasters and the millions of people that have been impacted,” said David Levy, President of Turner. “Turner, alongside our NBA partners, will use our Opening Night platform to help raise awareness and funding for the One America Appeal and the valuable contributions they make on behalf of disaster relief.”
The opening night jersey auction, operated by the NBA’s auction partner MeiGray, will continue throughout the first two weeks of the season with bidding closing Thursday, Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. ET.
The One America Appeal is a joint appeal that was originally launched by all five living former American Presidents – Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter – to encourage the support hurricane recovery efforts.