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According to Xinhua News Agency, basketball star Yao Ming is headed to China to fundraise for the Yao Ming Foundation, the charity he founded after China’s devastating earthquake in 2008.

Besides banquets, the fundraising activities will include two basketball games – one against China’s national team and one against the Shanghai Sharks team, which Ming reportedly now owns. Although Ming won’t be able to play due to his ongoing recovery from foot surgery, he’s bringing several other NBA players along to participate in the games.

Ming said in the interview with Xinhua that his Foundation has finished three of the six schools it committed to build in the quake-stricken area, and is almost finished the other three. Monies raised will go towards finishing the schools by September, and towards scholarships and youth sports development.

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