Athletes Donate To COVID-19 Relief, But Is It Enough?

Athletes Donate to COVID-19 Relief

It’s now been two weeks since Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 and the NBA suspended its season. Since then, we’ve seen athletes donate to COVID-19 relief, some faster and more generously than others.

The Cavaliers’ Kevin Love was the first to offer support to part-time stadium staff with the Pelican’s Zion Williamson quickly following. Since then, teams, leagues, owners and players have offered financial support toward their local communities in need.

The NBA is an $8 billion business. The NFL earns about $8 billion as well. Major League Baseball earns about a $9 billion per year. So are leagues, teams and players doing enough to provide relief to those financially affected by COVID-19? You decide.

Athletes Donate To COVID-19 Relief, By The Numbers


$50 Million NBA and WNBA Players and Teams
100K Stadium employeesKevin Love (Cavaliers)
30 days salary for all part-time Minute Made Stadium employeesZion Williamson
$1 million Stadium employeesGolden State Warriors Owners, Coaches and Players
500K Utah charitiesRudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
Salary for all part-time area workersMarc Cuban (Owner Denver Nuggets)
100K to Mayo Clinic for testingKarl Anthony-Towns (Timberwolves)
Salaries for game night staff through end of seasonCeltics
Salaries for Barclay’s Center staffNets
100K Fiserv Stadium EmployeesGiannis Antetokounmpo
$2 million compensation packageDeVos Family (owners Orlando Magic)
Compensation for game day staffChicago Bulls and Blackhawks
Compensation for hourly staffCleveland Cavaliers
$1 million for stadium staffArison Family (owners Miami Heat)
Salaries for part-time employees for any game missedMemphis Grizzlies
$1 million package for Smoothie King Center employee compensationGayle Benson (owner Pelicans and Saints)
Compensation for Staples Center staff including game-day staff, announcers, security, dancers, statisticionsClippers and Lakers
Game-day staff through March 22Knicks and Rangers
Compensation for part-time and regular employeesOKC Thunder
$1.4 million for part-time employeesPortland Trailblazers
Compensation for game-day staffSacramento Kings
500K compensation package for part-time and non-salaried employeesSan Antonio Spurs
$150K to UNICEF Jeremy Lin (former Knicks)
Compensation for part-time staff of Wells Fargo Stadium through NBA hiatus76’ers
Compensation for stadium staff through MarchPhoenix Suns
Salaries for G-League Players and StaffHornets Owners and Players
$500K to COVID-19 reliefJoel Embiid (76’ers)
323K to Brooklyn charities and Feeding AmericaKyrie Irving
100K in COVID-reliefDevin Booker (Suns)


$30 million ($1 million per team)MLB
$150K to Atlanta-based charitiesFreddi Freeman (Braves)
$200K to Chicago-based charitiesJayson Heyward (Cubs)


$5.4 million to Atlanta and Montana charitiesArthur Blank (Falcons owner)
100KBill Morse Foundation (owner Buffalo Bills)
500KJoe Ellis (owner Denver Broncos)
$1 million to Gleaners Food Bank IndyJim Isray (owner Colts)
$250K to LA Food BankLA Chargers
$500K to SF charitiesSF 49’ers
$500K in reliefMcNair Family (owner Texans)
$1 million to COVID-19 Response FundDavid Tepper (owner Panthers)
$500KMiami Dolphins
$1 millionBaltimore Ravens
$500KMinnesota Vikings
$250K Chicago Bears
$1.5 million to Ohio-based charitiesDee and Jimmy Haslam (owners Cleveland Browns)
Free childcare for ten weeks for NY-based emergency personnel in conjunction w/Meadowlands YMCANY Giants
Salaries for part-time employees and first respondersSeattle Seahawks
$100K to Atlanta-based charitiesMatt Ryan (Falcons)
$250K LA Food BankJared Goff (Rams)
$250K LA Food BankAndrew Whitworth (Rams)
Matching all donations up to 50K for Cleveland Food BankBaker Mayfield
$350K to Houston Food BankJJ Watt
One million meals to Feeding AmericaRussell Wilson (Seahawks)
20,000 meals to St. Louis Food BankPierre Desir (Colts)
6,000 meals to HarvestersTyreek Hill (Chiefs)
15,000 meals to Harvesters and 100K to local charitiesPat Mahomes (Chiefs)
12,000 meals to HarvestersTravis Kelce (Chiefs)

About 100 athletes have also donated signed memorabilia to be auctioned off for charity. So how did your favorite athlete or team do?


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