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Pics from Yao’s charity game in Beijing and the events beforehand

July 3rd, 2013
by John

On Monday night in Beijing, Yao’s Foundation had another charity game (more details of who it benefits are here) where NBA players like Joakim Noah, Luis Scola, Metta World Peace, Kyle Lowry, Ricky Rubio and others played the Chinese National Team. Published reports like this one revealed that Yao called Noah and MWP personally, not an assistant, to invite them to play.

Below are some photos from the night. Here’s a video that recaps some of the game, and Slam Online‘s coverage of the game.

July 1st, 2013 - Yao Ming shoots some baskets before the Yao Foundation charity game in Beijing

Popular Brazilian soccer superstar Kaka of Real Madrid made an appearance and spoke to the crowd beforehand, and also talked with Yao. Since Kaka is a soccer ambassador for Brazil, he had flown to Beijing to promote an upcoming exhibition match between the Brazilian and Chinese national teams in September at the “Bird’s Nest.”

July 1st, 2013 - Brazilian soccer star says a few words to the crowd in Beijing

July 1st, 2013 - Brazilian soccer star Kaka talks to Yao at the Yao Foundation charity game in Beijing

July 1st, 2013 - Joakim Noah throws down a dunk during the Yao Foundation charity game in Beijing

July 1st, 2013 - Joakim Noah plays defense in the Yao Foundation charity game in Beijing

July 1st, 2013 - George Hill dribbles toward the basket in the Yao Foundation charity game in Beijing

July 1st, 2013 - Metta World Peace puts up a shot with Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady looking on

July 1st, 2013 - Luis Scola puts up a shot in the Yao Foundation charity game in Beijing

July 1st, 2013 - Ricky Rubio dribbles in the Yao Foundation charity game in Beijing

Tracy McGrady happened to be touring in China and had just flown in from Changsha, so he was too tired to play, but he did act as the “assistant coach” of Yao’s team.

July 1st, 2013 - Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady watch the action as coaches in the Yao Foundation charity game in Beijing

July 1st, 2013 - Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady cheer on their team of young players in the 3rd quarter of the Yao Foundation charity game

Click here for more photos and details of the game, thanks to Raymond in the forum.

On Sunday night, the night before the game, Yao held a charity gala event sponsored by the Thaihot Group, a conglomerate in residential and commercial real estate development, chemicals, mining, finance and securities, and bio-medicine. The charity gala was held outdoor in Thaihot’s mega-project Courtyards by the Canal.

June 30th, 2013 - The setting of the Yao Foundation charity gala in Beijing

June 30th, 2013 - Yao Ming on stage at his Foundation's charity gala in Beijing

Click here for more photos of Yao and other NBA players at the charity gala.

Earlier in the day on Sunday, Yao and Joakim Noah visited a primary school for children of migrant workers in the Changping District in Beijing.

June 30th, 2012 - Yao Ming and Joakim Noah visit a  primary school for children of migrant workers at Changping District in Beijing

June 30th, 2012 - Joakim Noah meets children at a primary school for children of migrant workers at Changping District in Beijing

June 30th, 2012 - Joakim Noah puts up a shot at primary school for children of migrant workers at Changping District in Beijing

June 30th, 2012 - Yao Ming and Joakim Noah visit a  primary school for children of migrant workers at Changping District in Beijing

Yao and Joakim split themselves up into teams with the school children to see which team could make the most layups. Yao’s team lost, so Yao had to pay up on a bet and do push-ups.

June 30th, 2013 - Yao Ming does push-ups after his team loses a bet on which team could make the most layups.

Click here to see more photos of Yao and Joakim’s visit to the school, and here for a video of some of their visit.

Yao’s wife Ye Li and daughter Amy also visited the primary school with Yao and Joakim. Click here for lots more photos of Yao’s wife and daughter.

June 30th, 2013 - Yao Ming's wife Ye Li and baby daughter Amy visits a primary school with Yao Ming and Joakim Noah

Before the weekend’s events, the Yao Foundation had a drawing for all ticket buyers where the winner would get their tickets delivered personally by Yao Ming himself. That’s exactly what happened on Thursday, June 27th. Check out the photos of below of Yao delivering the tickets and visiting with the winner.

June 27th, 2013 - Yao Ming delivers the tickets to the winner of a ticket lottery for his Foundation's charity game a few days later

June 27th, 2013 - Yao Ming visits with the winners of a ticket lottery

Click here for more photos of Yao visiting the winner of the tickets in his home.

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