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NBA players' association launching relief effort

8/30/2005 - NBA

NEW YORK -- The NBA players' association said Tuesday it is
launching an immediate effort to assist in the Hurricane Katrina
relief effort.

"We are in the process of contacting every player in the league
to solicit their support and ideas on how we can make a difference
as quickly as possible,'' said union president Antonio Davis of the Bulls.

The union will help deliver supplies to the hardest hit areas.

"We want to mobilize immediately and provide as much assistance
as possible to the tens of thousands of people who find themselves
in life threatening situations as a result of this natural
disaster,'' executive director Bill Hunter said. "Our goal is to
collectively raise and contribute at least $1 million in aid to the
victims.''

Bulls guard Chris Duhon, from Slidell, La., said he would work
with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to try to get
financial support, clothing and food.

"This tragic event has destroyed the homes and lives of many
people -- people I know,'' Duhon said. "Many towns are experiencing
this devastation and have yet to determine what, if any, buildings
will be saved. We have to do something to help ease this burden.''