It didn’t take long for the NBA community to react to the Coronavirus that is taking the league by storm. It was announced earlier today the NBA would suspend all the games based on the fact, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for the virus. The United States is also starting to feel the consequences of the disease as more and more people are testing positive. All these situations made an impact on Kevin Love, who decided to help the cause and the community in Cleveland.
Love announced he will donate over 100,000 thousand dollars through his fund for all the workers at the arena who are now facing uncertainty and are depending on the money they make from working on games. Love hopes that his contribution will help the people and their families who count on this source of income. He also urges everyone to be supportive of each other as much as possible and to take care of their health and well being.
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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.