The Yao Ming Foundation

The Foundation
The Yao Ming Foundation was established by NBA star Yao Ming to help rebuild schools in China that were destroyed in the 2008 earthquake and to support youth programs in China and the United States.

About the founder
Standing at 7’ 6”, basketball star Yao played in the NBA from 1997 – 2001, playing his final season with the Houston Rockets. Born in China, Yao rushed to respond in the aftermath of the 8.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the Sichuan Province. Through the foundation, he and his wife, Ye Li, have worked to rebuild five schools, which will serve more than 1,000 students in the region, and have supported numerous educational opportunities for youth in China and the U.S.