In an effort to avoid the spread of novel coronavirus, the officials of the United States suspend or postpone all the major sports in the country. Likewise, the epidemic also affects the industry and other businesses in the state. With the suspension of the NBA season, a huge number of hourly personnel at basketball arenas will miss out on pay. In a reaction to the financial condition of those employees, top earners of sports are donating a huge amount from their wages to help those people.
The National Football League (NFL) player and pro soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars, JJ Watt, along with his wife Kealia Ohai, took the candle in their hands by donating $350,000 to the Houston Food Bank. The donation by Ohai and the Houston Texan defensive lineman enough to provide around one million meals to the needy ones, according to ESPN.
Different sports Leagues
Astros outfielder in Main League Basketball George Springer contributed around $100,000 to staff who are working at the Minute Maid Park of Astros. Teams, as well as the players in the NBA also coming forward to show their support for employees facing financial difficulties after the suspension of the league.
Teen sensation Zion Williamson and Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo also show their support to help the affected daily wage employees at the basketball arenas. Antetokounmpo, on his official Twitter account, announced to donate one lac U.S. dollars to Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum employees.
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 (@Giannis_An34) March 13, 2020
Similarly, Williamson announced on his official Instagram account to pay salaries of the employees of the Smoothie King Center for the next thirty days. Moreover, Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns announced on Twitter to donate one lac dollar to the Mayo Clinic for COVID-19 testing. He shows his hope in the tweet that they can fight coronavirus efficiently by enhancing the testing capabilities of the clinic.
This is why I will be donating $100K to support these efforts. Thank you to the Mayo Clinic workers and all healthcare workers who are working around the clock to treat us. You are our heroes.
We’re all in this together, let’s protect ourselves and the community around us.
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) March 16, 2020
The First NBA Player tested positive for coronavirus
Rudy Gobert of Utah Jazz center, the first-ever NBA player who tested positive for the novel virus, also announced to donate $200,000 to the relief fund established for employees at Vivint Smart Home Arena. According to the website of Jazz, he is also donating $100,000 each social service related to coronavirus in Oklahoma and Utah city as well as €100,000 (around $111,000) to epidemic relief in his native country France.