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Longtime New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees donated one of the largest sums of any athlete — a full $5 million — to the coronavirus relief. Brees and his family earmarked the donation for delivery of meals to families struggling with food insecurity in his adopted state of Louisiana. Before we move to specific players, it is necessary to point out that NBA also has a charitable organization, aimed at developing and empowering Black communities.
- "This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people."
- It’s no secret that many professional athletes make ludicrous amounts of money.
- The list includes Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, Spud Webb, James Worthy, Bill Russell, and more.
- All 30 NBA clubs will contribute $1 million every year over the next ten years, and an eight-person board of directors will be formed.
In 2016, he also promoted the #CallYourShot donation drive to raise enough money to help protect communities plagued with malaria. Since 2018, he also donated one malaria bed for each pair of Nothing But Sneakers signature sneakers which have already sold 10,000 pairs. His foundation also launched a public school program called I Promise School wherein graduating students with a GPA of 3.0 are given scholarships. They would not pay any tuition fee when they choose to enrol at Akron University.
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Some of the league’s most famous stars have been outspoken champions of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of Floyd’s death, with some, including Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry, joining anti-racism protests. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, Ciara, took to Twitter to pledge a donation of 1 million meals to Americans affected by food shortages stemming from the coronavirus crisis. Following the same formula used for Steph Curry, that comes out to a donation of about $100,000. Subban made a hefty donation to a GoFundMe account set up to support the daughter of George Floyd. The NHL veteran also announced that the league was matching his $50,000 donation.
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Watt of the Houston Texans became the poster boy for charitable athletes when he spearheaded relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey. Now he’s giving $350,000 to the Houston Food Bank as the organization struggles with skyrocketing demand and dwindling supplies. Along with his wife, Megan, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee announced that he’s donating $150,000 through his own foundation to support Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County. The organizations will be able to convert his contribution to 50,000 meals served over six weeks.
The Juventus star, who is from Portugal, donated to support intensive care units in Lisbon and Porto. Williams supports numerous charitable organizations, amongst them the Common Ground Foundation, Build African Schools, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Eva Longoria Foundation, Hearts of Gold, and more. With no immediate end in sight, things will likely continue to be hard for everyone impacted.
The $50,000 he gave to United Way Suncoast will help support 53,000 people living in 31,000 Tampa Bay households. The other $50,000 is spread around various Galveston relief operations. None of this is new for Evans, who has a long record of charitable giving. Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky responded to the NHL shutdown by donating six figures to support part-time stadium employees at the BB&T Center. In a show of solidarity, all of his teammates followed suit and the team’s owner vowed to make up the difference for whatever else is needed after that. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray gave the GENYOUth Now COVID-19 Emergency School Nutrition Fund a $25,000 boost.
In honor of his mother Carol, he also set up the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund which provides support to charitable causes that Fitzgerald’s mother believed in. He used that foundation to donate $500,000 worth of medical supplies to the city of Houston back in March. Part of that donation went to relief efforts in poor South American countries, as well. Clearly, times during this pandemic are obviously trying financially. But, those who are able have been stepping up to help those in need, NBA players included.