NBA Players, Teams Donating $$ to Arena Workers Sidelined by Coronavirus – The Good News
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Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. And the fear and anxiety resulting from the recent outbreak of COVID-19 can be extremely overwhelming. Through the game of basketball, we've been able to address major issues and stand together as a progressive league that cares about the players, the fans, and the communities where we work. I'm concerned about the level of anxiety that everyone is feeling and that is why I'm committing $100,000 through the @KevinLoveFund in support of the @Cavs arena and support staff that had a sudden life shift due to the suspension of the NBA season. I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities. Pandemics are not just a medical phenomenon. They affect individuals and society on so many levels, with stigma and xenophobia being just two aspects of the impact of a pandemic outbreak. It's important to know that those with a mental illness may be vulnerable to the effects of widespread panic and threat. Be kind to one another. Be understanding of their fears, regardless if you don't feel the same. Be safe and make informed decisions during this time. And I encourage everyone to take care of themselves and to reach out to others in need -- whether that means supporting your local charities that are canceling events, or checking in on your colleagues and family.
It's not a big deal for rich NBA players to miss a game, but it's a big deal for the arena employees.
That's why Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has pledged $100,000 from his organization to the staff and support employees at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Not only that, but other teams have started to follow suit - Mark Cuban has pledged compensation for arena workers for the Dallas Mavericks.
The Cavaliers as a team are also pledging compensation for the staff at the arena.