Philadelphia 76ers big man Al Horford is doing his bit to help with the coronavirus pandemic.
As The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported, Horford is donating $500,000 to his home country of the Dominican Republic and every region in the United States where he’s played basketball.
76ers’ Al Horford (@Al_Horford) has donated $500,000 to aid coronavirus pandemic in his home country of the Dominican Republic, as well as each U.S. region in which he has played basketball (Michigan/Gainesville, FL./Atlanta/Boston/Philadelphia).— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 2, 2020
This includes Michigan where he went to Grand Ledge High School, Florida where he attended college for three years, and everywhere he’s played since entering the NBA, including Atlanta, Boston and now Philadelphia.
It’s been amazing to see so many players all around the NBA stepping up to make a difference as the coronavirus continues to spread. Horford’s Sixers teammate Joel Embiid has contributed as well, donating $500,000 to COVID-19 medical relief. Embiid also committed to helping Sixers employees who would have suffered financially, before ownership changed their decision to cut wages and opted to pay employees their full salaries.
Plenty of criticism has been aimed at Horford (and his contract) this season, but his character throughout his career has never been in question. Good on Horford and all of those in the league who are doing what they can to help in this crisis.