NBA Cares has forged a partnership with the Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife and Coach Core programs to raise awareness about international wildlife conservation, develop the next generation of conservation leaders, and grow the game of basketball.
Former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder and two-time All-Star Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks have been named United for Wildlife Ambassadors.
Britain’s Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, watched the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets on Monday at Barclays Center (Tuesday, Manila time).
Joined by fellow ambassadors from the world of sports such as David Beckham, Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton and NBA Legend Yao Ming, they will support United for Wildlife’s effort to create a global movement for change and to preserve nature.
The NBA will also work with the Royal Foundation’s Coach Core program to help young people acquire the skills, experience and confidence to join the next generation of inspirational coaches.
NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony will participate in a Coach Core graduation event on Jan. 14 while in London for NBA Global Games London 2015, where the New York Knicks will play the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry was set up by The Princes in September 2009.