With the holiday season approaching, please look into your heart to help
those in need.
Hundreds of National Basketball Association basketball players in our very
own country are living at or just below the seven-figure salary level. And,
as if that weren't bad enough, they'll be deprived of pay for several weeks—possibly
a whole year—as a result of the current lock-out situation.
But now, you can help!
For only $20,835 a month—about $694.50 a day (that's less than the cost
of a large screen projection TV)—you can help a basketball player remain
economically viable during his time of need. This contribution by no means
solves the problem, as it barely covers the yearly league minimum, but
it's a start!
Almost $700 may not seem like a lot of money to you, but to a basketball
player it could mean the difference between a vacation spent golfing in
Florida and a Mediterranean cruise. For you, seven hundred dollars is
nothing more than two months' rent
or mortgage payments. But to a Basketball player, $700
will almost replace his daily salary. Your commitment of less than $700 a
day will enable a player to buy that home entertainment center, trade in
the year-old Lexus for a new Ferrari, or enjoy a weekend in Rio.
How will I know I'm helping?
Each month, you will receive a complete financial report on the player you
sponsor. Detailed information about his stocks, bonds, 401(k), real estate,
and other investment holdings will be mailed to your home. You'll also get
information on how he plans to invest the $5 million lump sum he will
receive upon retirement. Plus upon signing up for this program, you will
receive a photo of the player (unsigned—for a signed photo, please
include an additional $50.00). Put the photo on your refrigerator to remind
you of other peoples' suffering.
How will he know I'm helping?
Your basketball player will be told that he has a SPECIAL FRIEND who just
wants to help in a time of need. Although the player won't know your name,
he will be able to make collect calls to your home via a special operator
just in case additional funds are needed for unexpected expenses.
Yes, I want to help!
I would like to sponsor a striking NBA basketball player. My preference is
[ ] Starter
[ ] Reserve
[ ] Star (Higher cost)
[ ] Superstar (Much higher cost)
[ ] Entire team (Please call our 900 number to ask for the cost of a specific
team. Cheerleaders not included.)
[ ] I'll sponsor a player most in need. Please select one for me.
Please charge the account listed below $694.50 per day for a reserve player
or starter for the duration of the strike. Please send me a picture of the
player I have sponsored, along with a team logo and my very own NBA Players
Association badge to wear proudly on my lapel.
Your Name: _______________________
Telephone Number: _______________________
Account Number: _______________________ Exp.Date:_______
[ ] MasterCard [ ] Visa [ ] American Express [ ] Discovery Card
Mail completed form to NBA Players Association or call 1-900-TOO-MUCH now
to enroll by phone.
Note: Sponsors are not permitted to contact the player they have sponsored,
either in person or by other means including, but not limited to, telephone
calls, letters, e-mail, or third parties. Keep in mind that the basketball
player you have sponsored will be much too busy enjoying his free time,
thanks to your generous donations. Contributions are not tax-deductible.
You will truly be blessed during this season of giving.
Submitted by reader C.K.