Rudy Gobert, Kevin Love, Other NBA Stars to Help Pay Seasonal Staff
The NBA will not resume play for at least a month according to commissioner Adam Silver.
The coronavirus has halted play, leaving many players in quarantine while also directly effecting NBA seasonal workers who get paid per hour on game day. To help all the people who will now be required to make ends meet, numerous NBA players have offered to donate their own money.
Kevin Love has committed $100K to help cover Cleveland Cavaliers seasonal workers, while Zion Williamson, Blake Griffin, and Giannis Antetokounmpo have opted to donate the same amount to the New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons, and Milwaukee Bucks staff. Rudy Gobert, who is one of three NBA players currently quarantined following positive coronavirus testing, will be donating $500,000 of his own.
Oakland is closing schools bc of COVID-19. We support this decision but are concerned a/b the 18,000+ kids that rely on school for 2+ meals daily. @eatlearnplay is donating to @ACCFB to ensure every child has access to the food they need. Join us & donate https://t.co/nDqF7OoO0Z pic.twitter.com/nFp0w1eFqH
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 14, 2020
“I am humbled by the tireless efforts and care of people around the globe for those affected by COVID-19, especially my own communities of Utah and France. I know there are countless ways that people have been impacted. These donations are a small token that reflect my appreciation and support for all those impacted and are the first of many steps I will take to try and make a positive difference,” said Gobert.
Gobert has commited $200,000 to the Utah Jazz staff. The remainder of the money will go toward Oklahoma City families and to aid relief efforts back in his native France. Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets organization has committed to paying all members of their seasonal staff during the off time.
Lastly, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha will offer 1 million meals to Oakland students who will not be attending school during the pandemic.
“We know the world is changing before our eyes in terms of dealing with the spread of coronavirus and we just found out that the Oakland Unified School District is closing the doors for the foreseeable future, so we want to intercede on behalf of the kids that rely on the daily services and try to help anyway we can,” Steph said in the video posted on his social media account.
In this confusing times, credit to teams and players for doing their part to help.