Saber Interactive and 2K announced a partnership with the Safe Schooles for Alex Initiative to raise awareness and support for this non-profit organization. The free in-game update will feature a special basketball court highlighting Safe Schools for Alex, a non-profit dedicated to keeping children safe in schools across America.
Safe Schools for Alex was created by Max Schachter, whose son, Alex, was one of the seventeen victims of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The nonprofit is creating a safe school rating system to assist schools in assessing and mitigating risk. Additionally, Safe Schools supports the creation of a clearinghouse for national school safety best practices, ensuring schools will have guidance nationwide on how to protect their students and teachers.
The Safe Schools update for NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 features a custom court, sound bites from celebrities, athletes and influencers, and plenty of familiar faces in the crowd, in addition to the over 200 current and retired NBA players included in the game. The soundtrack will also be updated to feature Chicago’s hit song “25 or 6 to 4,” as played by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Jazz Band, and sound bites and a rap by renowned South Florida resident Vanilla Ice.
To help support the Safe Schools for Alex initiative, 2K and Saber will match all donations made to Safe Schools for Alex up to $100,000.
The Safe Schools update will launch for free in NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 on March 7, 2019.