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NBA, NBPA and TNT join Habitat for Humanity to build 10 homes during the 2006-2007 season


NBA players, legends and staff to help construct houses in partnership with
hurricane-affected families

NEW YORK and AMERICUS, Ga. (January 5, 2007) — As part of a new commitment between Habitat for Humanity International, the NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and TNT, 10 homes will be constructed during a season-long home-building initiative. The New Orleans Hornets host the third build on Sunday, Jan. 7. Previous builds occurred with the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns.

The builds will continue throughout the 2006-2007 NBA season and will be hosted by the Sacramento Kings, New Jersey Nets and Indiana Pacers. Other builds are scheduled for Las Vegas during All-Star 2007 and during the play-off season. Once completed, the 10 homes will be sent to families in the Gulf Coast who are rebuilding their lives following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Last season, as part of the NBA Cares initiative, the NBA, NBPA and TNT joined Habitat for Humanity volunteers and families to build several homes around the country. Homes were built during NBA All-Star 2006 in Houston, as part of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets “Hoops for Homes” program and an additional home was constructed in Los Angeles during the 2006 NBA play-offs.

“We are pleased to partner with the NBA Players Association and with Turner Sports to build on our relationship with Habitat for Humanity. We know how important it is to lend a hand so that families can fulfill the dream of owning their own home,” said Kathy Behrens, SVP NBA Community and Player Programs. “Every member of the NBA family, who has taken part in a build, has been greatly affected by the work and dedication of the volunteers and the families.”

“TNT is proud to roll up our sleeves alongside our partners at the NBA and NBA Players Association to assist Habitat for Humanity in rebuilding the homes of those displaced by Hurricane Katrina,” said David Levy, president of Turner Sports. “Rebuilding the Gulf Coast will require a myriad of resources, contributions and manpower, and we are committed to help join in the effort once again this year.”

“In the wake of Katrina the union and the players wanted to demonstrate a long-term commitment to the recovery effort and assisting the people who need it most,” said NBPA Executive Director William Hunter. “The partnership with Habitat for Humanity will help rebuild the homes and lives of families in a way that NBA players, the NBA and TNT can be proud of now and in the future.”

“Building upon their previous involvement in Habitat’s work, the NBA and the NBA Players Association have now extended their commitment to families in need of decent homes — especially those families so severely impacted by Hurricane Katrina,” says Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We deeply value TNT’s involvement as well, and this relationship clearly demonstrates the leadership with which they, the NBA and its players, manifest their drive to strengthen the communities in which they work, play and live.”

Habitat for Humanity assists families with a hand up, not a handout by requiring Habitat homeowners to invest 500 hours of “sweat equity” to help build their home or the homes of others in the program and repay a no-profit mortgage. Habitat strives to achieve its goal of eliminating poverty housing and making decent, affordable homes a reality for low-income families.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.

About NBA Cares
NBA Cares is the league’s global community outreach initiative that builds on the NBA’s long tradition of addressing important social issues. Over the next five years, the league, players and teams will raise and contribute $100 million for charity, donate more than 1 million hours of hands-on volunteer service to communities around the world, and build more than 100 places where kids and families can live, learn and play. NBA Cares works with internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes including UNICEF, Reading Is Fundamental, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Charities Aid Foundation, Feed the Children, and many others.

About National Basketball Players Association
The National Basketball Players Association created “Operation Rebound” in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. As one of the first professional sports organizations to announce a financial contribution to the Gulf Coast hurricane relief effort, an initial $2.5 million contribution has been supplemented many times over through the contributions of individual players. As part of its hurricane relief efforts, the NBPA has been responsible for the distribution of hundreds of tractor trailers of food and relief supplies in venues stretching across Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. The NBPA works closely with a variety of relief organizations including Habitat for Humanity in delivering much needed assistance throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond.

About Turner Sports
Turner Sports Inc., a Time Warner company, presents some of the best and most popular sporting events worldwide and is a leader in televised sports programming. With events airing on TBS and TNT, Turner Sports’ lineup includes the NBA, NASCAR and NASCAR.COM, Major League Baseball, college football, professional golf, PGATour.com, and PGA.com.