DR. OZ AND HEALTHCORPS JOIN NBA CARES ALL-STAR EFFORTS
DR. OZ AND HEALTHCORPS JOIN NBA CARES ALL-STAR EFFORTS TO ENHANCE HEALTH EDUCATION FOR NEW YORK CITY STUDENTS
NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2014 – In connection with NBA All-Star 2015, the NBA will partner with HealthCorps, a 501(c)(3) organization co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the world-renowned cardiac surgeon and three-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and his wife, Lisa Oz. The partnership, announced today by Dr. Oz and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, will provide health education to teenagers across New York City’s five boroughs.
The announcement is part of the NBA’s seasonlong NBA Cares All-Star efforts to reach hundreds of thousands of New York City youth throughout the five boroughs with fun, fitness-related basketball activities.
“The NBA is committed to teaming up with top community-based organizations to bring health-focused programming to kids,” said Mutombo. “Through great partnerships like this one, we are able to make a greater impact and encourage youth to make the best decisions about their health and well-being.”
Combining the fitness-related experience of NBA players and legends with HealthCorps’ innovative health education programming, the two organizations aim to inspire youth to maintain active lifestyles. The program will include creating and sharing health-focused digital content and participating in “HealthCorps Health Fairs” at 15 New York City high schools by providing health tips and physical activity instruction during the 2014-15 NBA season.
In February 2015, Dr. Oz and HealthCorps will also join the league’s NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service to visit schools and positively impact youth throughout New York City.
“We’ve learned through our work with the Active Alliance and California’s teams that students not only look to NBA stars for inspiration on fitness, but students learn just as much if not more about nutrition and mental resilience from these gifted athletes,” said Dr. Oz. “I am thrilled the model we created on the West Coast is moving east and students in New York City will benefit from the life lessons these players and HealthCorps can share.”
Launched in 2013 with 14 high schools, the Active Alliance is a partnership between HealthCorps, the California Endowment and the NBA’s four California-based teams: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Sacramento Kings. The partnership is designed to educate and inspire children to become physically and mentally fit through team appearances and classroom instruction.
HealthCorps’ mission is to implement an innovative in-school model that inspires teens to make healthier choices for themselves and their families. Recent college graduates lead unique in-school and community programming designed to foster physical and mental fitness, particularly among high-need populations.
Today’s announcement was made at the Fourth Annual Concordia Summit, a gathering of the world’s most prominent business, government and nonprofit leaders to discuss the role of public-private partnerships in tackling various challenges.
About NBA Cares
NBA Cares is the league’s global social responsibility program that builds on the NBA’s mission of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world. Through this program, the NBA, its teams and players have donated more than $242 million to charity, completed more than 3 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 915 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play, in 26 countries and territories on five continents. NBA Cares works with internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes, including: KaBOOM!, Special Olympics, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, UNICEF, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Share Our Strength and GLAAD.
Recent college graduates, HealthCorps “Coordinators” carry out unique in-school and community programming targeting high-need populations. Using peer-mentoring to deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength, HealthCorps Coordinators give teens purpose, help develop human character, and inspire an interest in health and culinary arts careers. HealthCorps also serves as a unique research laboratory – exploring the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis and discovering and communicating solutions. The program network spans 60 high schools in 13 states and the District of Columbia (including 15 New York City high schools). In the fall of 2012, HealthCorps introduced HealthCorps University, a “train the trainer” professional development program that makes the HealthCorps principles and curriculum available to virtually any school or organization.