Nigerian-born NBA Giannis Antetokounmpo star donates $100k to support club staff as Coronavirus force league break

NBA superstar of Nigerian descent Giannis Antetokounmpo donates $100,000 to support his club’s staff because of league break due to Coronavirus

Reigning NBA MVP and Greek basketball star of Nigerian descent Giannis Antetokounmpo has donated $100,000 to support his club’s staff because of league break due to Coronavirus.

The NBA league season was suspended after France and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for Coronavirus.

NBA season postponed as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for Coronavirus

Giannis who plays for the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum has decided to help workers that help get the arena ready to host games.

Giannis made a pledge to support the team through a message on his official Twitter account which said, “It’s bigger than basketball! And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my teammates lives easier. Me and my family pledge to donate $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff. We can get through this together!”

New Orleans Pelicans rookie and 2019 NBA Draft number one pick Zion Williamson also made a genoru=ous pledge to help his arena employees on his Instgarm account.

He said, “The people of New Orleans have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I was Drafted by the Pels last June, and some of the most special people I have met are those who work at smoothie King Center. These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization. Unfortunately, many of them are still recovering from long term challenges created by Katrina, and now face the economic impact of the postponement of games because of the virus. My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful for others and being grateful for what we have, and so today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all of those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days. This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis. This is an incredibly resilient city full of some of the most resilient people, but sometimes providing a little extra assistance can make things a little easier for the community.”



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