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Play for change – Compound and the NBPA join forces for a more than basketball collaboration for social justice

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NBA players have consistently been leaders of change in their communities, using their voices and their resources to bring attention to the ongoing episodes of social injustice, police brutality, and systemic racism across the country. On August 26, the players used their platform to stage a powerful protest, opting out of their games after Jacob Blake was shot 7 times by Kenosha Police in Wisconsin. This “pause” by the players caused another shift by forcing conversation and action to take place and many other sports organizations followed suit.

Joint NBA and NBPA statement

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We had a candid, impassioned and productive conversation yesterday between NBA players, coaches and team governors regarding next steps to further our collective efforts and actions in support of social justice and racial equality.  Among others, the attendees included player and team representatives of all 13 teams in Orlando. All parties agreed to resume NBA playoff games on Saturday, Aug. 29 with the understanding that the league together with the players will work to enact the following commitments:

Dove Men+Care and National Basketball Players Association Partner on Commit to C.A.R.E Now

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Inspired by actions taken by the members of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) in support of racial and social justice, Dove Men+Care and the NBPA are announcing today a landmark partnership to help create a society where Black men and young men are cared for, respected, supported and protected. The Commit to C.A.R.E Now Initiative will showcase, honor and celebrate the humanity of Black men while addressing a number of issues such as public safety, safe and fair voting, community engagement and the accurate portrayal of Black men in media.

Statement from NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts on player protest and postponement of games

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Throughout the season restart, our players have been unwavering in their demands for systemic justice. This week we witnessed another horrific, shocking and all too familiar act of brutality in the shooting of 29 year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Players have, once again, made it clear - they will not be silent on this issue. We stand with the decision of the players of the Milwaukee Bucks to protest this injustice and support the collective decision to postpone all of today's games.

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