Winning team to donate $350K, losers to donate $150K.
Last week the NBA announced that the winning All-Star team would receive $350,000 to donate to a charitable organization of their choosing and that the losing squad will get $150,000 to give to their selected organization. Today, the All-Star captains, LeBron James and Steph Curry, revealed where the donations will go.
Team LeBron has selected After-School All-Stars Los Angeles, and Team Steph has chosen Brotherhood Crusade.
According to NBA.com, After-School All-Stars Los Angeles provides comprehensive out-of-school programming for more than 8,000 students in need across 52 schools. Brotherhood Crusade works to empower and support underserved youth in South Los Angeles through mentoring, education, health and wellness and leadership programs.
Both LeBron and Steph made the announcements today via social media. Check out the videos below.
In addition to the $500K total that will be distributed among those two charitable organizations, players on both squads will also receive a bonus for making the All-Star team. This year, players on the winning All-Star team will take home $100,000 each, as opposed to the $25,000 that the losers will earn. According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, the league previously dished out $50,000 to the winners.
The 2018 NBA All-Star game is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, February 18th at approximately 8pm ET. The game will air on TNT, along with the rest of the NBA's All-Star Weekend coverage.
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