HEAT, Carnival Corporation & PLC Pledge to Donate at least $1 Million for Philippines Typhoon Relief Efforts
November 12, 2013 — The Miami HEAT has teamed up with Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), its 10 cruise brands and the Carnival Foundation in making a pledge to donate at least $1 million to support relief efforts in communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. HEAT owner Micky Arison is also the chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc.
“All of us at Carnival and the Miami HEAT extend our deepest sympathy to the Philippines and its people,” Arison said. “The typhoon in the Philippines has caused massive destruction, and is having a tragic impact on people and families, including those members of our extended Carnival family who reside in the region. We are in the process of evaluating a variety of worthy organizations that are doing fantastic work in the Philippines. In addition to providing financial support for relief efforts, our collective thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been impacted.”
Spoelstra to Assist in Philippines Typhoon Relief Efforts
November 10, 2013 – Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will appear in a U.S. Fund for UNICEF Public Service Announcement to help raise funds for Philippines relief efforts for areas ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Spoelstra, whose mother is from the Philippines, previously issued a statement through the Heat:
“On behalf of the Miami Heat organization, we would like to extend our condolences to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. We value the many fans that we have over there, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”
In July, 2009, Spoelstra embarked on the first of four trips to the Philippines. On each of these trips, he hosted basketball and coaches clinics, promoted the importance of education, healthy living and wellness, while being able to reach close to 10,000 underprivileged youth through these efforts.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Player’s Association (NBPA) has donated $250,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts in areas of the Philippines ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The latest estimates indicate that as many as four million children could now be affected by the disaster, and the donation will aid UNICEF in providing children and families with immediate necessities including food, water, and medicine.
“We are incredibly grateful to the NBA and NBPA for their generosity and commitment to helping UNICEF save children’s lives,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “When a natural disaster strikes, the need to rush supplies to those affected is critical, and both the NBA and NBPA have consistently sprung to action to support UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts for more than 10 years.”
Below is a collection of articles about Erik Spoelstra collected from various Philippine media following the 2012 NBA Championship.
Proud to be Filipino – by Lito Cinco, Manila Standard Today (August 8, 2012)
Smart Araneta Remains PH Sports Mecca – by Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard Today (August 12, 2012)
Smart, Spoelstra Promote Culture of Champions – Business World (August 16, 2012)
A Filipino in the NBA – by Prospero Pulma, Jr., Philippine Panorama (August 19, 2012)
Spoelstra Preaches the ‘Culture of Champions’ – Manila Standard Today (August 21, 2012)
Erik Spoelstra: The Heart of Miami HEAT – by Jaimes R.C. Sumbilon, The Daily Tribune (September 2, 2012)
To the Victors – and the Filipinos – Belong the Spo – by Franics T.J. Ochoa, Sunday Inquirer Magazine (September 2012)
Spoelstra on Tupac, Riley and Being Single – by Dinna Chan Vasquez, Manila Standard Today, September 9, 2012
Grantland Archives: Spoelstra in the Philippines – by Rafe Bartholomew, Grantland (June 22, 2012)