On March 17th, the Trail Blazers announced a plan to assist those affected by COVID-19.
“To assist game night employees impacted by the NBA’s postponement, Jody Allen and the Portland Trail Blazers are committing more than $1.4 million towards COVID-19 relief effort. This includes paying part-time Rose Quarter employees for nine postponed Trail Blazers games.”
Last week, the Portland Trail Blazers also announced their latest efforts in assisting those who need help most during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team announced that the organization along with the players, and the Trail Blazers Foundation, are now establishing ‘a COVID-19 Relief Fund to support local nonprofits serving the community.’
Trail Blazers organization, foundation & players establish COVID-19 emergency relief fund & online resource center.— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 23, 2020
On Tuesday, Damian Lillard revealed during a video press conference that he donated $100,000 to the Blazers' COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo was one of the first to announce on social media that he has pledged $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff in order to aid in offsetting costs related to employees’ loss of earnings. While, Kevin Love also donated.
$100,000 through the Kevin Love fund to support the arena staff employees in Cleveland.
"It’s bigger than basketball! And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my teammates lives easier. Me and my family pledge to donate $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff. We can get through this together!" -- Giannis Antetokounmpo wrote on his Twitter
It's a coordinated effort between the NBA, WNBA, G League and NBA 2K League, with more than $30 million already committed by the leagues, teams and athletes.
The program features four pillars—Know the Facts, Acts of Caring, Expand Your Community and NBA Together Live—to help increase knowledge about the coronavirus and help those affected by the disease.
"The phrase 'bigger than basketball' is often used when discussing the efforts of a player or team to make a positive impact in their community," the release said. "The response to this global pandemic is the epitome of 'bigger than basketball' as the NBA looks to do its part to help people across the globe come together and work through these tough times."
CORRECTION: The original title misappropriated Lillard's donation and has been updated for accuracy.