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.