The NBA’s Christmas Day line up is full of contending teams and the league’s elite ball busters. Off the court, the NBA continues with its year-round spirit of community engagement as NBA Cares Season of Giving makes the holidays brighter for children and families in need.
On Dec. 25, all teams playing will host special gift-giving presentations for children from local community organizations prior to tip-off. Players have been selflessly committed to improving the lives of others this entire Holiday season.
BOSTON CELTICS @ TORONTO RAPTORS (12 P.M. ET, ESPN)
Boston Celtics players Jaylen Brown, Enes Kanter, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker and more visited children at Boston Children’s Hospital to bring gifts, have fun, and spread holiday cheer.
We had such a special afternoon spreading holiday cheer with our friends from @BostonChildrens! ✨#NBACares | #CelticsAssist pic.twitter.com/bzvAld0EQ6
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 6, 2019
Kyle Lowry hosted 150 residents of Red Door Shelter, an organization that provides housing to families in crisis, for a holiday party at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, complete with presents and a holiday meal.
Good people, good food, jumpin’ time. @Klow7 | #LowrysHolidayAssist pic.twitter.com/ftEjZrrXMs
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 14, 2019
The NBA Champion continues to be the longest-tenured Raptor and the heart and soul of the community.
The Lowry's doing their part during the holiday season. @Klow7 | #LowrysHolidayAssist pic.twitter.com/EZY57RtO8A
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 14, 2019
MILWAUKEE BUCKS @ PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (2:30 P.M. ET, ABC)
Milwaukee Bucks players Pat Connaughton, Eric Beldsoe, Wes Matthews and “The Big Ragu” Donte DiVincenzo took local youth from Silver Spring Neighborhood Center for a holiday shopping experience at Kohls.
Behind the scenes with @WessyWes23 as the Bucks treat local youth to a shopping spree at @kohls:@gruber_law | @buckscommunity pic.twitter.com/na1b8Cv2co
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 13, 2019
The Bucks are in first place in the East and they are also first in the hearts of local Milwaukee kids.
76ers’ Josh Richardson brought 10 kids from TAPS, an organization that provides support to families grieving the loss of loved ones serving in the military, to Reebok in Boston, giving them $500 each for some holiday shopping.
Holiday cheer filled @reebok HQ in Boston tonight when @J_Rich1 of the @sixers greeted @TAPSorg families and surprised the kids with a shopping spree and shoes! We are grateful to Josh for his support and to everyone at #Reebok for the warm welcome given to our families.???? pic.twitter.com/3lMtLouMx0
— teams4taps (@teams4taps) December 12, 2019
HOUSTON ROCKETS @ GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (5 P.M. ET, ABC)
Rockets baller Austin Rivers hosted Big Brothers Big Sisters for holiday shopping.
Austin Rivers hosted a holiday experience for children from Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The children received a t-shirt, an Adidas backpack filled with school supplies and a $200 gift card for a personal shopping spree at Target. pic.twitter.com/4mKmOFCVn6
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) December 7, 2019
Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha surprised Solomon Howard at the East Oakland Boxing Association’s after-school program with new equipment and gifts as part of Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways.
Thank you @TheEllenShow for helping us change lives!!! Solomon, keep doing the great work! https://t.co/OWGEXrfUf8
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) December 12, 2019
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS @ LOS ANGELES LAKERS (8 P.M. ET, ABC/ESPN)
Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma packed holiday meals for senior citizens as part of the Meals on Wheels program in LA. Kuzma, who is from Flint, Michigan also fitted the entire Flint Powers high school basketball program with new Pumas this week,
This Thanksgiving, @kylekuzma gave back by packing holiday meals for senior citizens with the Meals on Wheels program in LA.
Happy Thanksgiving! pic.twitter.com/4NZIkY9udl
— Lakers Community (@LakersCommunity) November 28, 2019
LA Clippers players JaMychal Green, Montrezl Harrell, Ivica Zubac and Moe Harkless provided hot Thanksgiving meals and clothes to more than 50 families at the St. Joseph Center for the team’s Teamwork at the Table event.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS @ DENVER NUGGETS (10:30 P.M. ET, ESPN)
New Orleans Pelicans rookie Jaxson Hayes visited the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana to host a LEGO party for the holidays!
Check out more photos from @hayes_jaxson's visit to the Boys & Girls Club last night!
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— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 3, 2019
These are the kinds of moments that deeply influence kids and they never forget.
.@hayes_jaxson came through the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana to host a LEGO party for the holidays! pic.twitter.com/iTKxxlSlKz
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 2, 2019
Denver Nuggets player Gary Harris hosted children and families from the Joshua School, a school for children on the autism spectrum, for a holiday movie experience, gifting the families Nuggets tickets, sensory-friendly gifts, popcorn and soda.
“For these little kids, for them to come out and enjoy a movie for the holidays is great. I’m glad I can be a part of it.”#MileHighBasketball https://t.co/v0PuE7DOE4
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 14, 2019