Pitch Competition

Katara McCarty Wins First Place at the NBA Foundation Pitch Competition

Indy-based entrepreneur, Katara McCarty, won the $75,000 first place prize in the NBA Foundation’s 2024 All-Star Pitch Competition. Her company, Exhale, is based around an app that provides mental health support focused on Black women.

Ahead of All-Star Game, NBA Foundation Hosts Business Pitch Competition

The NBA and the NBA Foundation are passionately dedicated to empowering the next generation of cutting-edge entrepreneurs. Seven (7) Indiana-based entrepreneurs representing the future of tech and innovation, advanced to compete in the All-Star Pitch Competition Finals on Saturday, February 17 at the Indiana Convention Center.

Executive Director

NBA Foundation Invests $300M to Empower Black Community

Greg Taylor, executive director of the NBA Foundation, talks to SportsPro about some of the challenges of establishing the basketball league’s two-year-old charitable initiative and reflects on the progress made so far.

NBA Foundation’s Greg Taylor on League, Player Activism

The NBA and its players can use “platforms to close the economic wealth gap for Black youth.”

Foundation Friday Profiles

NBA Foundation Friday: American Cancer Society molds future of medicine

Over the next decade, the American Cancer Society aims to fund 1,000 internships with support from the NBA Foundation.

NBA Foundation Friday: Spotlighting Tech Sassy Girlz in Orlando

The Florida-based STEM education organization has impacted the lives of thousands of young women since 2012.

NBA Foundation Friday: Spotlighting the Dream Defenders’ Healing & Justice Center in Miami

The community-based safety program provides healing resources that specifically cater to Black and brown youth in Miami.

NBA Foundation Friday: SoHarlem inspires fashion, creativity in historic neighborhood

The nonprofit organization focuses on creating a space for creativity and inspiration in the Manhattanville Factory District.

NBA Foundation Friday: Spotlighting excellence in education

The Center for Black Educator Development, the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization and InsideOut Literary Arts fight valiantly to even the playing field for students of color.

NBA Foundation Friday: Spotlighting efforts to reform the criminal justice system

The Anti-Recidivism Coalition and Youth Sentencing Reentry Project works with those affected by the criminal justice system, seeking to offer assistance and create a more just society.

NBA Foundation Friday: Spotlighting the power of mentorship

A Call To Men, MKE Fellows and Improve Your Tomorrow all work to link Black boys and young men with opportunities, helping them grow personally and professionally.

NBA Foundation Friday: Memphis Music Initiative

Memphis Music Initiative was created in order to boost opportunities for Black and Brown youth through music and to help re-center the story of music back to its roots.

Grant Announcements

NBA Foundation reaches $100M in total grants

The NBA Foundation, birthed three-and-a-half years ago to provide career opportunities for Black youth in all of the league markets, has reached $100M in total grants after its 11th and latest round of funding.

NBA Foundation celebrates 3rd anniversary, announces $13.5M grant round

The NBA Foundation awards 40 new and renewed grants in latest grant round to help drive economic opportunity and empowerment in the Black community.

NBA Foundation Announces Sixth Grant Round Benefitting 40 Organizations

The NBA Foundation has announced another 40 new and renewed grants totaling $20 million, its largest grant round to-date.

NBA Foundation Celebrates 2nd Anniversary, Announces $20M Grant Round

Created in August 2020, the NBA Foundation continues to focus on driving economic opportunity and empowerment in the Black community.

NBA Grants go to Black-Owned Businesses & Youth-Focused Groups

The National Basketball Association Foundation is distributing $6 million to 22 businesses that focus creating employment opportunities for Black youths.

NBA Foundation Announces First $2M in Grant Awards

The NBA Foundation has chosen the initial seven recipients of grants from the newly created group, the first step toward what the league has promised will be at least $300 million in money designed to spur additional economic empowerment in Black communities.

NBA Announces $300M Fund Dedicated to Empowering Black Community Through Economic Opportunities

Over the next decade, 30 NBA team owners will collectively contribute $30 million annually to establish the new NBA Foundation

NBA Issues Second $3M in Grant Program

The National Basketball Association announced another set of grants to social organizations as it tries to boost economic opportunities in the Black community. 

HBCU Related

2023 NBA HBCU Fellowship class readies to make an impact

The NBA welcomed the 2023 NBA HBCU Fellowship class to the league offices on May 31, sharing knowledge, guidance and networking opportunities with 74 HBCU students and recent graduates before they travel across the country to spend the summer working for NBA teams.

NBA HBCU Fellows Participate in Fireside Chat with Google

Recently, representatives from both Google and the NBA HBCU Fellowship Program were able to get together for a fireside chat.

Signature Programs

NBA Foundation’s First-Ever All-Star Pitch Competition

Google The NBA Foundation aims to grow the next generation of Black entrepreneurs and tech leaders by providing the tools, resources and funding for innovative ideas through the NBA Foundation Pitch Competition on Feb. 16.

NBA Foundation Receives Record $1M Contribution from Google Pixel

Google Pixel announced that they will be contributing $1 million to the NBA Foundation. This donation is the largest for the Foundation to date from an NBA partner.

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