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2018 NBA All-Star Game captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry on Wednesday announced the local charities their respective squads will play for in next Sunday’s annual mid-season showcase in Los Angeles.

The NBA previously announced that $500,000 will be up for grabs pending the outcome of the game between the All-Star squads hand-selected by James and Curry in a secret draft. The winners will have a $350,000 donation made to the charity selected while the losing team’s share is $150,000.

James nominated the After-School All-Stars Los Angeles, which “provides out-of-school programs for more than 13,000 students,” per an ESPN report. Curry, meanwhile, chose Brotherhood Crusade, an organization that “works with underserved youth in South Los Angeles.”

“I love everything that you guys do, I love everything that you guys are about, and this is a great way for you guys to benefit, but I’m happy that I’m able to be a part of it,” James said, as transcribed by Dime Mag. “Much respect.”

“For nearly 50 years, the Brotherhood Crusade has been working to empower and support low-income and underserved youth in South Los Angeles,” Curry said. “Through mentoring, education, and leadership programs, the Brotherhood Crusade has helped young people overcome barriers on their pathway to success.”

The NBA All-Star Game without question provides fantastic entertainment for the league’s fans. It’s great that the NBA has developed a way in which charities that provide such great services in the region in which the game is played can benefit from the game coming to town.

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