Toronto Raptors to honor Nelson Mandela at Friday's game

Monday December 1st, 2014

The Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers will honor former South African president Nelson Mandela on Dec. 5, the one-year anniversary of his passing. 

The Raptors will wear warmup shirts honoring the famed humanitarian, according to Yahoo's Marc Spears. Spears adds that rapper and Raptors ambassador Drake will attend, as well as former NBA greats Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley and soccer legend David Beckham. 

The event will be a fundraiser for Giants of Africa, an organization which promotes basketball in Africa. Raptors GM Masai Ujiri was born and raised in Nigeria. 

Yankees will honor Nelson Mandela with plaque in Monument Park​

Mandela died last year at the age of 95. He was a leader against South Africa's apartheid system and was elected as the country's president in 1994. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. 

- Dan Gartland

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