New season, new team, new city, but the same old Jrue Holiday. The newly acquired Bucks All-Star announced he’ll donate the remainder of his ’20 NBA salary to Black-owned small businesses, nonprofits, and initiatives as he and his wife Lauren look to make a lasting impact on communities in the wake of detrimental effects of the pandemic.
Other than the devastating impact of COVID-19, the couple also cited “heightened racial injustice” as the catalyst for their philanthropic endeavors. This is a continuation of Jrue’s efforts to give back, after he did something similar at the beginning of the Orlando bubble when he donated his game checks to various charities, including black-owned businesses.
And while that donation was reportedly worth up to $5.3 million, neither Jrue nor Lauren specified exactly how much money they’ll be giving back this time or where exactly the money will go. But given that Holiday’s salary for the ’20 NBA season was $26,130,000, it’s safe to assume a big chunk of it will be given away.
Both Jrue and Lauren are recognized as one of the more community-involved NBA couples. They were even honored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation for their philanthropic efforts in New Orleans. I have a feeling they’re in for another one. Because just one month into their tenure in Milwaukee, they’ve continued where they left off. There really is no stopping the Holidays.