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Habitat for Humanity partners with the NBA during NBA All-Star Week 2007 to build homes

LAS VEGAS (Feb.14, 2007) – Habitat for Humanity International will join the NBA, along with local volunteers to construct two homes during All-Star 2007 week in Las Vegas, Nev.

The first build during All-Star 2007 is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 14, when the NBA family will join Habitat volunteers to help construct a home in a local neighborhood that will remain in Las Vegas.

As part of a season-long initiative, the NBA has also joined Habitat for Humanity, NBPA and TNT as well as Habitat staff, affiliates and volunteers to build several homes for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

The second build during All-Star 2007, occurring on Sunday, Feb. 18, is the fifth in a series of 10 homes for families affected by the 2005 hurricanes. Once completed, the frame will be shipped to the Gulf region.

“We are excited that the NBA has chosen to build during the All-Star Week as part of their partnership with Habitat for Humanity,” said Guy Amato, president of the Las Vegas Habitat affiliate. “Building during a major event such as this highlights the need for decent and affordable housing and encourages others to join in our organization’s efforts to partner with families in need.”

To date, the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings have framed houses in their respective cities. Additionally, NBA marketing and sales executives led by Commissioner David Stern recently completed a build while attending league meetings in New Orleans.

In addition to current players, an assortment of NBA legends, such as Bob Lanier, Willis Reed, Clyde Drexler and Dominique Wilkins, have participated in the effort to rebuild the lives of families affected by the hurricanes.

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 200,000 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 All-Star 2007
NBA All-Star 2007 will not only showcase the world’s greatest athletes playing the world’s greatest game, but will also celebrate the NBA’s tradition and commitment to social responsibility with more than 20 NBA Cares events taking place throughout Las Vegas, the most the league has done at any All-Star. The NBA Cares Community Caravan will feature a full schedule of events beginning on Feb. 12, 2007, that includes reading rallies, fitness clinics, Habitat for Humanity builds, a court refurbishment and will culminate with the NBA Cares All-Star Legacy project.