By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way many of us will live for a long time. It has touched people around this great country and around the world.

It is an awful disease that has virtually shut down the sports world in America.

A positive element coming from all this is the way some pro athletes are helping many will have economic woes due to the closure of sports venues everywhere.

Zion Williamson pledged to pay all workers at the Smoothie King Center for 30 days while the facility is shut down.

The New Orleans Pelican Rookie made the announcement on Instagram.

“These are the folks who make our games possible, creating a perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization. My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful and being grateful for what we have, so today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days.”

Williamson is one of the bigger stars in the NBA. He was the first selection in this year’s draft and will make $44 million dollars over a four year period.

 Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers was the first player to make a donation to workers-$100,000 to those at Rocket Mortgage Field House.

Also the Detroit Pistons Blake Griffin chipped in $100,000 for the workers at Little Ceasars Arena.

 Mavs owner Mark Cuban is the only individual owner to donate which prompted this from Sportscaster Michael Eveas.