Thursday, March 26, was supposed to be Opening Day for Major League Baseball. Sports may not be back in play for a while, but the professional sports community is in full swing, helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every day, there are more news items related to the ways that professional sporting leagues, teams, players, venues, and foodservice management companies are coming through to help others during the current global health crisis. Here are two of the latest news items: Drew Brees and his wife Brittany will be committing $5 million to the State of Louisiana for relief efforts to fight against the pandemic, and MLB’s apparel manufacturer, Fanatics, will be diverting from its production of jerseys to the production of protective masks and gowns for healthcare workers.
In their recently dispatched March newsletter, the Green Sports Alliance provided a list of many other specific news items that we wanted to share with all of you here. Perhaps your favorite league, team, player, or sports-related company has pitched in to help already. Or perhaps they’re next. Here’s the list that GSA provided (through March 25):
Click the links to learn more about some of the amazing things the sports community is doing to help during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zion Williamson among stars aiding arena workers
- Warriors organization pledges $1 million to aid arena employees during coronavirus shutdown
- Staples Center Donates Food To Homeless Services Amid Event Suspensions
- Pistons, Ilitch Companies to ensure employees get paid during hiatus
- Pittsburgh Penguins To Pay Arena Employees For Games Missed Due To Coronavirus Outbreak
- Famous for setting the NBA on fire, Mavs owner Mark Cuban has become its face of support during the coronavirus crisis
- Apollo’s Harris Will Pay Devils Arena Staff During Shutdown
- MLB, MLBPA give $1M to help feed the hungry
- Giants to establish $1 million fund to support event staff affected by postponement of Major League Baseball games
- Timbers, Thorns FC announce community initiatives in the wake of COVID-10 pandemic
- NFL Huddles Up With Charitable Partners To Provide Free Educational Resources During COVID-19 School Closures
- SC Johnson Contributes $1 Million to CDC Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund to Fight COVID-19
- Horschel donates half his earnings from THE PLAYERS to Feeding Northeast Florida
- Jazz forward Rudy Gobert donates $500K for coronavirus aid
- Amid coronavirus crisis, J.J. Watt and Kealia Ohai donate money for 1 million meals to Houston Food Bank
- Ravens, Owner Steve Bisciotti Donate $1 Million to Combat COVID-19 Crisis
- Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation announces nearly $5.4 million in funding for COVID-19 relief efforts
- Trail Blazers Organization, Foundation and Players Establish Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund and Online Resource Center
We’re all in this together. Please be safe out there, and look out for those in need.
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