NBA, NFL join other leagues with aid for Haiti

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The NFL and NBA will participate in relief efforts for Haiti, joining other North American sports leagues who offered funds after a massive earthquake devastated the nation earlier this week.

In separate statements on Friday, the National Football League pledged $2.5 million to recovery efforts while the National Basketball Association said it would give $1 million.

The world's number one golfer Tiger Woods, who has been in hiding since admitting last month he had cheated on his wife, has also pledged to help, via his foundation, relief efforts that provide resources to children.

"We're currently researching the most effective plan to aid in the relief effort," Greg McLaughlin, president of the Tiger Woods Foundation, said in a statement.

"Our plan is to be part of the relief effort to help rebuild Haiti by supporting organizations that provide critical resources to young people, which is consistent with our mission and previous efforts regarding Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami."

The Pan American Health Organization estimated the death toll from the earthquake could be 50,000 to 100,000, higher than previous figures from the Haitian Red Cross which estimated deaths at up to 50,000.

On Thursday, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, the New York Yankees and seven-times Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong said they too were pledging cash for relief aid in Haiti.

(Writing by Frank Pingue in Toronto and Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Ken Ferris and Alastair Himmer.