Allen Iverson Coaches Basketball Team for Charity

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Former 76ers baller Allen Iverson headed to the Philippines earlier this month to volunteer his b-ball skills–not as a player but debuting his coaching abilities–to American and Asian street players. Iverson’s roster consists of of Larry Williams aka “Bone Collector,” for his bone crushing skills battling against defenders and Taurian “Air up There” Fontenette , a slam-dunk champ.

The “All In” charity basketball game had Iverson facing off against Philippines most winningest coaches, Tim Cole, who had NBA veteran Eddy Curry in his arsenal.

Cole took the win, but the real victors are those that’ll benefit from homes built as a result of the charity game.

Iverson’s two-day give back visit also included a press conference and basketball clinic for Filipino kids. Iverson and Cone schooled at least 80 kids–aged 10 to 14–on how to play basketball, according to Philstar.

It’s nice to see the once MVPer in the headlines for something other than his fleeting fortune.

How You Can Help The Philippines

Help put the pieces back together.  Photo Credit: Reuters/Trust.org

Help put the pieces back together.
Photo Credit: Reuters/Trust.org

No other country needs T.L.C like the Philippines does right now. Its been five days since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on coastal towns and Filipinos are in desperate need of everything. Before you unfold your wallets and unzip your purses, consider this, if you are anything like me you know giving isn’t a privilege its a necessity (firm believer in karma, do unto others…you know what I mean) and as such you want to give responsibly.

So, I don’t plop down my debit card for every emergency assistance program, specifically not the one that’s always highlighted in “Red” and their contributors are “Cross” when they discover their contribution wasn’t… er..contributed to the right place. I know from whence I speak.

Anyway, to help you guys out I’ve come up with a list of organizations that I know like the back of my hand will put your dollars and cents to good use.

1. Doctors without Borders Just to give you an example of how bad ass these doctors are, The New York Times reported that the Paris organization traveled by boat, plane and helicopter to reach areas of the Philippines that no one else had access to to help survivors. Yeah, you can make the check payable to “Doctors Without Borders…”

2. World Food ProgramРThis long storied org that is part of the United Nations has already handed out meals (rice and canned goods)  to over 500,000 families in the Philippines as I write this post.

3. Mercy Corps– They have emergency teams on the ground now in Tacloban, Phillippines–the hardest hit area–to review survivor numbers, sanitation and water levels as a result of the storm. As well get badly needed supplies to survivors of the cyclone.

In all seriousness, the Philippines needs as much aid as possible, so even if you are comfortable giving to the Red Cross, please do. It is desperately needed.

Please  continue to keep the Philippines in your thoughts and prayers.