NBA, WNBA launch face coverings to benefit hunger relief

Professional basketball remains on hold during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but fans can now support their favorite teams, in style, while staying safe at the same time.

The NBA and WNBA have teamed with Fanatics to launch cloth face coverings, featuring all 30 NBA and 12 WNBA team logos, available on the leagues' apparel websites.

"As a global community, we can all play a role in reducing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic by following the CDC's recommendation to cover our nose and mouth while in public," said Kathy Behrens, NBA president for social responsibility and player programs. "Through this new product offering, NBA and WNBA fans can adhere to these guidelines while joining in the league's efforts to aid those who have been directly affected by COVID-19."

All of the proceeds will benefit hunger relief organizations, Feeding America in the United States and Second Harvest in Canada, for communities affected by the spread of COVID-19.

The face coverings are available in adult and youth sizes, as well as in packs of three or individually, but aren't intended to replace other precautionary measures such as hand-washing and social distancing.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has upended food bank operations causing shifts in distribution models and volunteer opportunities," said Katie Fitzgerald, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Feeding America. "We are grateful to the NBA, WNBA and Fanatics for this partnership that will support food banks with funds but also with much needed face coverings to keep their staff, volunteers and neighbors in need safe."

Lori Nikkel, CEO of Second Harvest, added: "This support will help Second Harvest redistribute enough food to provide millions of meals to Canadians over the coming months."