NBA Face Masks for Sale: Where to Buy and Support Coronavirus Relief Efforts

The NBA and the WNBA have partnered with one of their sponsors to produce face coverings, with the profits to be donated to coronavirus relief funds.

Both leagues announced on Friday they have worked together with Fanatics—one of the NBA and WNBA's official apparel partners—to launch "cloth face coverings" featuring the logo of all 30 NBA and 12 WNBA franchises.

"As a global community, we can all play a role in reducing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic by following the CDC's [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] 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."

Manufactured by FOCO and Industry Rag, the face coverings will be available on the leagues' apparel websites and are available for both adults and children, but the NBA stressed the clothing items aren't intended to replace social distancing measures set out by the CDC.

FOCO designs are available in packs of three for $24.99, and Industry Rag's face coverings are sold individually for $14.99.

All the proceeds will be donated to hunger relief organizations, such as Feeding America and Second Harvest, which are working to help communities affected by coronavirus in the U.S. and Canada respectively.

"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," said Katie Fitzgerald, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Feeding America.

Lori Nikkel, CEO of Second Harvest, indicated the financial contribution from the proceeds will be crucial for the food bank.

"This support will help Second Harvest redistribute enough food to provide millions of meals to Canadians over the coming months," she explained.

FOCO and Industry Rag will also make contributions to the food banks. The former will make a financial donation, while the latter will donate one face covering for every one purchased from the two organizations.

The product launch comes just days after the CDC recommended wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain to help slow down the spread of COVID-19.

On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order instructing all New Yorkers to wear face masks or coverings while in public.

Cuomo said it was mandatory to wear masks or face coverings in circumstances where adhering to the social distancing guidelines set by the CDC was not possible, such as on public transport and busy sidewalks.

A host of counties in California have issued similar orders earlier in the week. Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area have recommended wearing masks or face coverings in public, while from Wednesday night customers and employees of essential businesses in Los Angeles County must all wear face coverings while inside. San Diego County has issued a similar order, while Riverside County requires everyone to wear a mask when leaving home and San Bernardino County requires its residents to do so when leaving home for essential activities.

As of Friday morning, over 671,400 cases have been reported in the U.S., by far the highest toll in the world. Almost 33,300 deaths have been recorded in the U.S. and more than 52,700 people have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking the outbreak using combined data sources.

Almost 146,300 people have died globally since the outbreak of coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, a city located in China's central Hubei province, late last year. There have been almost 2.2 million confirmed cases globally.

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A pedestrian walks past the NBA store on 5th Avenue on March 12, 2020 in New York City. The NBA said they would suspend all games after player Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz reportedly tested positive for the Coronavirus. Jeenah Moon/Getty
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