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Yao Ming is a professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Yao, who was born in Shanghai, started playing for the Shanghai Sharks as a teenager, and played on their senior team for five years in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), winning a championship in his final year. He has been named to the All-NBA Team five times. He founded Yao Ming Foundation in response to the devastating earthquake in China in May 2008. Yao Ming signed the pledge for giving up shark fin soup in 2006 and strongly supported our shark conservation protection program since then starring in WildAid PSAs.