From 2017 to 2020 he was vice-president of the NBPA (National Basketball Players Association). He was one of the few players on its Executive Committee who hadn’t previously been in the NCAA. For 65 years the NBPA has been protecting the rights and defending the interests of NBA players. It also gives out some annual prizes, the Players Voice Awards (in 2015 Pau received the Global Impact Player award), has a mental health support program for active players, and organizes basketball clinics and events for beginners in the sport.
CADE – ADESP
Since June of 2019, Pau Gasol has been a member of the Advisory Council of Spanish Sport (CADE), which is part of the Association of Spanish Sport (ADESP). This council has created five working groups that attempt to find consensus among sporting policies. Pau is part of two of these groups –sport as a right and sports sponsorship– where he debates with other Spanish sports stars in an effort to reach agreements that will have a practical influence on the conditions of athletes in Spain and also to raise awareness and influence public opinion.
This is a double agreement. On one side, Pau Gasol has become Strategic Advisor and Global Ambassador for Barçain the United States. From this position, he represents the values of the club and contributes his knowledge, experience and contacts in the US market toward developing projects that make sports more popular.
At the same time, the Gasol Foundation and the Fundación Barça have an agreement to work to improve the conditions of children and young people who are at risk of social exclusion, and to fight against childhood obesity through sports.