Zion Williamson, Kevin Love and more NBA players who are helping arena workers during coronavirus shutdown.
NBA stars are giving back to their communities by generously donating money to arena workers affected by the NBA hiatus.
Love set the example Thursday, announcing that he would be donating $100K through his non-profit to affected arena workers that are being affected by the NBA season suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"Through the game of basketball, we've been able to address major issues and stand together as a progressive league that cares about the players, the fans, and the communities where we work," Love stated.
Love announced his generation contribution on Instagram and implored others to follow in his footsteps in the wake of the drastic hiatus of the season.
"I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities," Love asked.
Like clockwork, others have begun to join him.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetoukoumpo announced a $100K contribution to the hardworking workers at the Fiserv Forum that the Bucks call home.
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 Ugo Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) March 13, 2020
After two of the NBA's biggest icons came forward, others have now followed.
Pistons forward Blake Griffin is planning to donate $100K to workers at Little Caesars Arena, according to Rod Beard of the Detroit News.
Love thanked Griffin for his contribution after hearing the news. Griffin then returned the favor.
back at you. just following suit https://t.co/eQHrdodond— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin23) March 13, 2020
Pelicans' rookie Zion Williamson announced on his Instagram that he will be covering the salaries of Smoothie King Center employees for the next 30 days.
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The people of New Orleans have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I was Drafted by the Pels last June, and some of the most special people I have met are those who work at smoothie King Center. These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization. Unfortunately, many of them are still recovering from long term challenges created by Katrina, and now face the economic impact of the postponement of games because of the virus. My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful for others and being grateful for what we have, and so today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all of those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days. This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis. This is an incredibly resilient city full of some of the most resilient people, but sometimes providing a little extra assistance can make things a little easier for the community.
"The people of New Orleans have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I was Drafted by the Pels last June, and some of the most special people I have met are those who work at Smoothie King Center," Williamson added. "These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization."
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