Taking care and giving back to their community is one of the things many NBA players set as a priority, especially when they sign their first big contract in the league. Lately, several NBA players gave millions of dollars to different organizations, schools, charities, or families that need assistance. Jrue Holiday is no different and while making an appearance on JJ Redick’s podcast talked about his $5 million donations for communities in New Orleans, Indianapolis, and the Los Angeles area.
According to ESPN, the breakdown of his donation will go to the following organizations.
- $1.5 million to “nonprofits, Black-owned businesses and citywide initiatives that seek to bring about equitable outcomes for Black and Brown communities” in New Orleans.
- $1.5 million to similar causes in L.A.
- $1 million to similar causes in Indianapolis.
- $1 million to Black-owned businesses in 10 other cities
- $500,000 to higher-learning and HBCUs.
Holiday said there was a turning point for him last year when the pandemic started, and he saw that many businesses are shutting down. That meant numerous families and people, in general, will struggle by not having the opportunity to work. Holiday wanted to impact their lives, so he and his wife Lauren set up a trust fund under the name Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Justice Impact Fund.
When he saw what was happening around the country and the world, Holiday said basketball wasn’t a priority anymore for him. He understood how privileged he was for having a job and one that is handsomely paid. For him, there was no doubt he needed to contribute to society in any way he can.
What motivated me was that we were going through a pandemic, and at that time it didn’t seem basketball is very important. I felt like basketball wasn’t important at that time. I struggled going to the bubble, and one of the reasons why I went was if I could help out other people through a pandemic where people are losing jobs, homes, lives, families. People need help. I have a job; a lot of people didn’t have jobs: I have a lot of money, a lot of people didn’t have any money. It just feels like it was the right thing to do.Jrue Holiday, via JJ Redick Podcast
It’s great to hear when players sacrifice some of their salaries for different causes they care about personally. Some will say they could always give more based on the money they are making in the NBA, but the truth is they are still contributing the best way they can. They also evidently impact the lives of the ones who are perhaps underprivileged, especially during these challenging times, so to hear what Holiday and his wife did is truly remarkable. It can also motivate others to contribute in any way they can, no matter in what amount.