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Re: Press Release: Former NBA Player James Donaldson Visits Schools in China Earthquake Area – Brings Delight and Smiles to Thousands of Young Students

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Former NBA All Star, Humanitarian, entrepreneur and author, James Donaldson made a recent visit to several schools in the earthquake stricken areas in the Sichuan province of China. Donaldson, who spends a great deal of time in China working with The China Service Centre for Friendship and Cooperation with Foreign Countries Studying Abroad Department, informing and encouraging students about study abroad programs, visited 3 schools in the city of Mianyang last week. “The students and people of Mianyang are doing well, but they have many friends and relatives in the nearby cities and villages they are very concerned about because of the earthquake” said Donaldson as he visited classrooms, watched playground basketball and lifted dozens of primary students high in the air to squeals of delight and tears of joy.  IMG_1450 IMG_1457

“I just love these kids, and bringing a smile to their faces. Many of them had stories of being worried about their friends and families, and this earthquake brought back memories of the much larger quake, in the same region, of just a few years ago… so there is much anxiety as you can imagine” Donaldson added. “We’ll be conducting basketball camps featuring the former NBA players and members of the Professional Basketball Alumni Association (PBAA) this summer in the area, because I want to contribute something back to the area and create happy memories for the young people” Donaldson says.

“They are just so crazy about anything professional basketball here in China, so let’s bring joy and happiness through basketball, and have some of the former NBA guys come to China while we’re at it… it’ll be a great Win – Win for all!” says Donaldson, who is an active member with the Professional Basketball Alumni Association and continues to be very involved with mentoring, educational and sports development programs both here in China and in the US.        ~ End ~

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