Everyone has seen the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the surrounding areas. Wizards' guards John Wall and Bradley Beal are no different.
This week, they decided to help.
It started with a group text to teammates in an effort to raise money for the people affected by the hurricane and historical flooding in Southeast Texas.
According to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post, by Monday, they had already raised over $250,000, with that number expcted to continue to rise.
According to a team source, Markieff Morris and Otto Porter Jr. were two of the first players to respond to the group message and give money, and the players’ impromptu fundraising has spread throughout the Wizards organization. Majority team owner Ted Leonsis, President Ernie Grunfeld and Coach Scott Brooks also have personally donated money to the American Red Cross, and the organization over the Wizards, Capitals and Mystics’ charities — MSE Foundation — has contributed to the players’ amount.
There's also several ties to the Houston area within the Wizards organization. Scott Brooks played for the Rockets and won a title with the team back in 1994. He still has friends in the area, and many have abandoned their homes.
Tim Frazier and Sheldon Mac are from Houston, and both players are currently in the city.
Mac also tweeted about his situation in Houston on Monday.
If u can help people please continue to do so... Unfortunately I can't.. I'm stuck in my house because of the flood.... #StayTogetherHouston— Sheldon Mac (@sheldonmacc) August 28, 2017
Water just getting higher and higher😪— Sheldon Mac (@sheldonmacc) August 28, 2017
Kelly Oubre Jr. also spent years in Houston after his family was displaced from their home in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, before finishing up high school in Las Vegas.
Even with the player donations, donations to the Red Cross are encouraged as well.