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NBA, NBPA donate $250,000 to Philippines efforts

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NBA, NBPA donate $250,000 to Philippines efforts
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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, right, and LeBron James protest a loose ball foul called against James during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Miami, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. The Heat won 102-97. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA and NBA Players Association are donating $250,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF's emergency relief efforts in areas of the Philippines ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan.

Also, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose mother is from the Philippines, will appear in a public service announcement for the organization to help raise funds for the relief efforts.

UNICEF said Sunday in a release that estimates show as many as 4 million children could be affected by the disaster that has killed thousands and could be the deadliest natural disaster on record.

The league also is planning a second donation to another organization and is encouraging others to help the efforts in the Philippines, where it played an exhibition game last month between Houston and Indiana.

Information is available at www.unicefusa.org/philippines .

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