In Union There Is Strength

In coaching we’re always preaching the theme of team. We try to get our players to come together as a team and play as one because in union there is strength. When a player is injured or in a time of need we ask his teammates to pick him up. There is power in team. There is hope in team. There is action in team.

Right now we need to come together as a team and help the people of Haiti. We’ve all seen reports on the tremendous tragedy they are enduring right now, only 600 miles off our shore. This tragedy is a challenge to us all. It affects us all. It has taken far too many of our teammates already and it’s threatening to take more.

The Haitian flag bears the inscription: “L’Union Fait la Force” which means “in union there is strength.”  Let’s pull together and help our teammates on the frontlines. Together we can make a difference. In union there is the strength to overcome.

In Philly tonight, Haitian born 76er Samuel Dalembert will present a check for $100,000 to the Haiti Earthquake Relief and has pledged to match any donations made by fans during the game. Both Dalembert and NBA Cares have partnered with Unicef to provide immediate aid to the estimated three million victims of the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

Alonzo Mourning traveled to the devastated capital of Port-au-Prince with Project Medishare to assist rescue workers and first responders. He and former teammate Dwyane Wade established the Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti. The White House Blog supports online contributions to the Red Cross – a quick $10 donation can also be made by texting “HAITI” to 90999. George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are heading up a new Haiti fundraising project as well.

Please give what you can to ensure that priority needs such as food, water, shelter and medical help arrive in time to save lives.

The Dalembert Foundation

The NBA Supports Unicef

Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti


Dalembert joined Game Time to talk about the situation back home and the work of the Samuel Dalembert Foundation. You can watch the interview here.

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