Athletes Helping During Coronavirus Epidemic
Everyone knows that the NBA season for now is cancelled for at least the next 30 days due to the Coronavirus. NHL season is suspended and the start of the MLB season is pushed back as well. All sports right now are on hold from the college level all the way down to a lot of high school sports around the country. With the season not going on right now, thousands of arena workers are not employed due to this crisis. I seen today how NBA, NHL and Mlb players and organizations are stepping up and donating to their home stadium workers. This to me is something really special that these players and organizations are doing to help these workers. People all the time talk about how selfish professional athletes are and yes some of these athletes can be, this is why I wanted to write something positive going on in the sports world and something positive going on with the Coronavirus crisis.
Giannis Antetokounmpo who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks tweeted on Friday March 13 that he has pledged to donate $100,000 to Fiserv Forum staff. Here is what Antetokounmpo tweeted on Friday March 13 ” 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!” Milwaukee Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry said that the team would match Antetokounmpo’s pledge as well.
Zion Williamson the #1 draft pick by the New Orleans Pelicans put on Instagram that he would cover Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days.
Detroit Pistons star player Blake Griffin also tweeted that he pledges $100,000 to help the workers at Little Ceasars Arena. Griffin said in his tweet that on Friday that he was following the lead of Kevin Love. Kevin Love, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers was the first NBA player on Thursday March 12 to pledge a donation to help the employees at Rocket Mortgage Stadium in Cleveland.
Superstar Steph Curry and wife Ayeesha Curry posted on Friday March 13 that they will be donating through their foundation Eat. Learn. Play foundation to the Oakland Unified School District for 1 million meals to students. Schools are shut down in Oakland to at least April 5th. Curry has teamed up with Alameda County Community Food Bank to provide these meals to at least 18,000 students. Curry has also pledged $1 million to the disater relief fund to Chase Center for employees who are not working due to the Coronavirus.
Dallas Mavericks released a statement Friday saying they are making arrangements to ensure that scheduled event staff will receive payment for the six home games that were scheduled during the 30 day cancellation of the NBA season.
Other sports are now starting to pledge donation to their stadium workers as well. NHL season has be cancelled for the time being. MLB has also delayed the start of the season. Ilitch Companies, the group that owns the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and MLB’s Detroit Tigers, announced that it set up a $1 million fund to compensate part-time employees for the next month.
Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment co-managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer also said Friday they will pay all New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center part-time event and gameday employees for the remainder of the NHL season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins also have a plan to play full and part-time arena and service employees with funding coming from Penguins players, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the Mario Lemieux Foundation.
Other teams that have said they either have a plan or are working on a plan to help these stadium employees and service workers include the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals.
I think this is something really special these teams and athletes are doing to help these hard workers that make gameday possible. This is definitely worth something positive to write about and share this information, especially with everything going on with businesses and schools being closed due to the Coronavirus. I really admire Kevin Love for starting this pledge donation and all of these athletes and organizations following suite to help out these workers receive pay.
What Steph Curry and his wife has done for the Oakland Unified School District is really special for those students. I really believe not athletes are greedy as you can see from all the athletes I have just wrote about. There is a lot of good athletes and people in the general public are doing to help their communities during this crisis. Here in my community their has been 2 local businesses that are giving free meals to students since our schools are currently closed as well. Both of these businesses owners are just small restaurants. No corporate money, just a small pizza shop and a small mexican restaurant. For them to step up to help these kids that depend on these meals is a great gesture they are doing here for their community.
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