Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward is donating $100,000 through his Heyward Family Foundation to the University of Chicago in support of COVID-19 frontline workers.
“Through this donation, I want to help ease the personal burdens on our healthcare heroes and support efforts aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, especially in vulnerable communities hit hard by the virus,” Heyward said in a statement.
Half of Heyward's donation will go to UChicago Medicine's Healthcare Heroes Fund, which eases personal burdens on frontline workers, from childcare/eldercare to transportation to temporary housing.
The other half of the donation will support contact tracing on the South Side, which has been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. UChicago Medicine is partnering with South Side Healthcare Collaborative (SSHC) to begin contact tracing, and the funding allows them to set up a team to do so.
“Jason’s gift will help us provide needed care to people disproportionately impacted by COVID-19,” said Brenda Battle, vice president of UChicago Medicine’s Urban Health Initiative and chief diversity and inclusion officer. “This support is critical to our efforts to prevent further spread in the community.”
Heyward previously donated $100K to both MASK — Mothers Against Senseless Killings — and the Greater Chicago Food Depository to support coronavirus relief in March.