In an effort to help those who were in the path of Hurricane Irma’s devastating destruction last week, retired NBA player Tim Duncan has launched a crowdfunding campaign on YouCaring to raise $5 million. Speaking about the cause, Duncan stated:
“I know not everyone can give, and that’s O.K. But if you’re able, here’s what I can promise: Every dollar donated will go directly to relief efforts on the ground. Starting as soon as the weather permits, I’ll be chartering an airplane full of supplies from San Antonio to the Virgin Islands. I’m already busy putting together a team of people from the islands (and beyond) to help manage the relief effort.”
The US Virgin Islands, where Duncan was born and raised, was reportedly hit hard by the hurricane, leaving thousands without power, running water and with food reserves depleted. In a contributed piece on Players’ Tribune, Duncan shared his story of experiencing the destruction of hurricane Hugo and its long term consequences as a child and pledged $250,000 to the storm relief efforts in the islands and a match of up to $1 million. YouCaring’s CEO, Dan Saper, added:
“We’ve learned a lot of invaluable lessons from our work with JJ Watt on his Harvey Relief Fund for Houston. It’s unfortunate that we get to apply those lessons so early after Harvey, but the residents of the US Virgin Islands need all the support they can get right now and we’re here to help.”
Previously, NFL player JJ Watt launched a crowdfunding campaign on YouCaring for the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts and has raised more than $33 million.
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