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NBA Star Yao Ming Raises Money for China Earthquake Victims

National Basketball Association center Yao Ming is raising money for victims of the May 12 earthquake in his native China, by holding a raffle for a trip to the Beijing Olympics next month.

Tickets for the raffle cost $2 (US) and can be purchased with a credit card on a special Internet site (

The winner will be announced July 21, and will receive round-trip airfare from a U.S. city to Beijing, a seven-day hotel stay in Beijing, two tickets to the China-USA basketball game, $1500 dollars in cash, and a guided tour of the Great Wall of China.

Yao created a personal foundation in late June, saying its first projects would help children left homeless by the earthquake in Sichuan province.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.