By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
Though many Americans look at sports as a diversion from what’s going on in real life in our society. The unprecedented impact of this COVId-19, in our country, has caught many of us off guard and ill-prepared for this pandemic. This Coronavirus has impacted the lives of everyone in this country, including several of our prominent athletes and sports personalities.
A variety of sports personalities have been inflected with this potentially fatal virus. Personalities such as NBA Reporter Doris Burke, Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics Marcus Smart and Former Jacksonville Jaguar Tony Boselli have all been recently diagnosed with this virus that has changed life in America. Though much of the country has been shut down with only employees deemed essential employees continue to work.
In the wake of this harmful pandemic that has infected our country and changed the lives of every citizen, multiple players, teams, and athletes have chosen to support their fellow Americans in their various communities in the spirit of giving back. We previously mentioned the donations of Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love and New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson. Admirably Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees have also chosen to follow suit.
Los Angeles Rams Quarterback Jared Goff and their veteran Offensive Tackle Andrew Whitworth will each donate $250,000 to their long-term partner L.A. Regional Food Bank, to fund two million meals for those in need. “The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is on a mission to help fight the negative impacts of the coronavirus and I am humbled to team up with them to provide 1 million meals to our hurting community.” Giving back to the community isn’t anything new for Whitworth, as he’s been doing this since he’s been here in Los Angeles. Whether it’s donating his time and resources to elementary schools or efforts like this, Big-Whit always makes his presence felt in the community.
After recently agreeing to purchase the Forum for a reported $400 million, the Los Angeles Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer has open up his wallet once again. This time he and his wife Connie, through The Ballmer Group, agree to pledge $25 million dollars to multiple healthcare systems to halt the growth of this insidious pandemic in multiple states. Southeastern Michigan, where Ballmer is from, Los Angeles, CA., where he’s NBA team is based and Seattle, WA., where they currently reside will be receiving a portion of this funding.
According to UW Medicines Dr. Paul Ramsey, “Testing is the most immediate priority right now as we try to reduce community spread of COVID-19.” Ramsey continued on to tell the LA Times Andrew Greif, “Private philanthropy, like Connie and Steve Ballmer’s extraordinary gift, is critical to expanding testing at the speed and scale required to save lives. We are incredibly grateful for their leadership during this crisis.”
When Drew Brees arrived in New Orleans years ago, he made it a point to support those who have suffered losses of their homes and lifestyle after Hurricane Katrina ravished New Orleans, LA years ago. This entrenched him into the community’s fabric. He then became legendary in the city by leading the Saints to their first franchise Super Bowl victory a free years later. In his recent interview with TMZ, Drew Brees mentions that with “so much need and so many challenges.” His $5 Million donation is meant to “put people’s minds at ease.” Once again Drew not only talks the talks but walks the walk.
American educator, novelist and poet Paul Eldridge summarized these actions best when he said: “A man is most accurately judged by how he treats those who are not in a position either to retaliate or to reciprocate.” These actions are just the examples of graciousness we like to highlight and promote via www.whatsgoodinsports.com.
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