2021 NBA All-Star Week: Recap
NBA All Star weekend took place in Atlanta this year on March 7th with Team Lebron and Team Durant. Lebron’s team took the W this year with a score of 170-150. Gladys Knight sang the National Anthem. This game helped support and raise money for HBCUs, which is something that is greatly needed especially during the pandemic as schools began to lose money due to not having students on campus. Also, as most people know HBCUs do not get a lot of attention nor do they get a lot of good black athletes because of the opportunities they have at PWI are better being as though they have more money to offer and cover things for students who need it. However, all star weekend was not only to help HBCUs but also Covid relief.
According to NBA.com “As part of this year’s events, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced that they will commit more than $2.5 million in funds and resources toward Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and support and awareness around equity and access to COVID-19 care, relief and vaccines.—In partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), UNCF (United Negro College Fund), National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO) and Direct Relief’s Fund for Health Equity, the NBA, NBPA and NBA All-Star 2021 partners, including AT&T, MTN DEW® and Taco Bell®, will highlight the importance of HBCUs and raise awareness around the disparate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. In addition, All-Star will feature special performances by HBCU musical groups and unique storytelling and content by distinguished alumni and students.”
After the game, people were going on Twitter claiming that they were stranded in ATL but overall had a good time during their stay. This has been one of the wildest years of All Star weekend, but everyone who has participated hasn’t said anything negative about it.
The goal was completed and it was good to have something that takes off the pressure of the pandemic, especially since the weather is getting nicer. Because of the events that took place this weekend, many people want to go next year to see what the hype is about.
That’s good because maybe more money can be made to go towards the schools again if there is a bigger population allowed to sit in the stadium in person, however we don’t know how Covid-19 will be affecting anything by next year.