Harrison Barnes isn't afraid to speak his mind about social injustice issues. On Friday morning, as the Kings prepare to take on the San Antonio Spurs in their restart opener, Barnes, along with his wife Brittany took their activism to another level.
Barnes is dedicating each of the Kings' eight games of the restart to non-profits that were created by the families of victims of police brutality and gun violence. In addition to bringing awareness to the non-profits, the Barnes will donate $25,000 to each foundation for a total of $200,000 during the restart.
The eight foundations the Barnes plan to support are the Trayvon Martin Foundation, Botham Jean Foundation, The Atatiana Project, Mothers Against Police Brutality, The Michael Brown Foundation, Tamir Rice Foundation, The Jordan Davis Foundation and The African American Policy Forum.
Earlier this week Barnes joined Don Lemon on CNN to discuss his decision to wear "Say Their Names" on the back of his jersey during the NBA's restart.
"For me, I think it's important to talk about those victims," Barnes told Lemon. "A lot of times, in the current state, we talk about the police officers who have committed these crimes, but for me, I wanted to highlight the life of Breonna Taylor, highlight the life of Ahmaud Arbery, highlight the life of not only George Floyd and those who have recently become victims, but those others who have preceded them and the families that have been left to not only pick up the pieces, but try to make change."
In addition to his social awareness initiatives, Barnes, a native of Ames, Iowa, has long been a supporter of the Boys and Girls Club, which played a huge role in his upbringing. He's made sizable donations in Iowa, Dallas and Sacramento.
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