NBA Player Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans to Use His Remaining Game Checks to Launch Social Justice Fund

Jrue Holiday is setting the bar high for athletes with social initiatives as he will use his remaining income from games to launch the Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Justice Impact Fund.

New Orleans Pelicans’ guard is taking action against social injustices together with his wife, Lauren Holiday.

The example Jrue Holiday is setting may inspire other athletes to have a social initiative of their own or pursue philanthropic work.

TAKING ACTION

Holiday’s remaining game checks which amount to around $5.3 million will be used to launch the Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Justice Impact Fund, helping different communities around their area. He said:

“We want to make an impact. God has blessed us with so much. We know a couple of things that are important are time and money, and right now, we have both.”

Jrue Holiday, #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans, arrives to the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on January 31, 2020 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. | Source: Getty Images

Jrue Holiday, #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans, arrives to the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on January 31, 2020 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. | Source: Getty Images

The athlete felt that their resources are the perfect opportunity to help businesses owned by Black Americans, especially those that were affected by the pandemic.

COMING UP WITH THE DECISION

The couple came up with the idea to start a fund after thinking about ways to help their community and participate in the social movement.

They were resting in bed when Lauren suggested starting the social justice fund and use her husband’s remaining salary to jumpstart their organization.

The basketball star watched his country fall to the ground as the coronavirus continued to spread and decided to use his foundation to donate over 10,000 masks and 780 protective gear.

Aid will be given to black and brown communities in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Compton, California, Indianapolis, and over ten other cities in the country.

ATHLETES HELPING THE COMMUNITY

Several players in the NBA have taken the initiative to help others in times of crisis especially amid the current pandemic, including Bismack Biyombo, who gave back to his country, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa.

The basketball star watched his country fall to the ground as the coronavirus continued to spread and decided to use his foundation to donate over 10,000 masks and 780 protective gear.

Biyombo’s foundation noted that his country had faced multiple deadly diseases in recent years and having another fatal illness enter the country is dangerous.

The world is currently still facing the pandemic with no cure and only hope and prayers in hand. America is among the hardest-hit countries, with over three million confirmed cases.

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