The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the whole world. With the sporting calendar coming to a complete halt, the sports world is top among the entities most affected by coronavirus. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is only the most recent among many sporting activities that have been postponed this year.
According to Phoenix news, the total number of Covid-19 infections and deaths continue to rise. Residents have been forced to stop working and remain home to curb the spread of the virus. Consequently, many AZ sports stars are donating to assist medical workers, employees, and families through this pandemic.
Their contributions range from paying the salaries of arena workers to making cash and material donations.
Here is a list of Arizona sports stars, teams, and organizations who have donated to the coronavirus relief:
1. Michael Bidwell
Michael Bidwell, the Arizona Cardinals president, and chairman, donated $1 million to the AZ coronavirus relief fund launched by the governor Doug Ducey. The fund collects cash to buy protective equipment for Arizona medical personnel and support homeless shelters, domestic violence facilities, and food banks. It also provides meals and technology for online classes for low-income students.
Bidwell said that he was proud to contribute to the critical mission of the initiative. In a statement, he stated, “We are grateful for the creation of this relief fund, are proud to support its critically important mission and hope that others throughout the community can join this effort in whatever way that they are able.”
2. Chandler Jones
The Arizona Cardinals linebacker, Chandler Jones, pledged to donate a total of 150,000 meals to food banks in Arizona and Endicott, N.Y. The meals target to aid the Midwest Food Bank and St. Mary’s Food Bank in AZ as well as Mother Teresa’s Cupboard in NY.
Jones has promised to do his part to help out during this tough time. In a written statement, he said, “These are really tough times, and it is important for me to do my part and help out both here in Arizona and back at home in New York,”
3. DeAndre Hopkins
Following in Chandler Jones’ footsteps, DeAndre Hopkins also donated to the AZ coronavirus relief fund. The Cardinal’s wide receiver, who joined the team this year, gave a generous $150,000 to the fund. Through his twitter account, DeAndre pledged to do his part for the Arizona community and urged people to stay safe during this crisis. This comes as a surprise as most sports stars that are donating for the cause are already settled in Arizona.
4. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation made a charitable donation of $550,000 to community emergency relief. The funds are meant to support Phoenix and Arizona nonprofit organizations that offer immediate assistance to those most vulnerable in the state. They will also be used to supply and distribute food to children of working healthcare providers.
Derrick Hall, the Diamondbacks President and CEO, stated, “We have had many employees offer to volunteer at local food banks while still practicing social distancing. It is not just our civic responsibility, but our honor to be of service to our community during these challenging times.”
5. The Major League Baseball
Following the donation made by the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the MLB Players Association, contributed $1 million to emergency food services. Meals on Wheels America and Feeding America are set to profit from this donation.
The MLB teams also pledged $1 million per team for ballpark employees who were affected by the shutdown. They also promised to stand with minor-leaguers, who haven’t been paid since August.
6. Ahron Cohen and John Chayka
Cohen and Chayka gave 20 percent of their salaries for the coming months to the nonprofits in Arizona and the Coronavirus Relief Fund.
7. Alex Meruelo
The Arizona Coyotes Chairman, owner, and Governor Alex Meruelo launched a plan to help his part-time and hourly workers through the 2019-2020 season schedule. This was soon after the NHL paused the season on 12th March.
Meruelo also pledged to support the Gila River Arena employees. At the time he instituted his plan, he said, “We are going through a difficult time right now, and how we respond to this challenge will define us.”
8. The Phoenix Suns
According to CBS Sports, out of all the major professional sports leagues, the NBA has suffered the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. 7 out of the 30 NBA organizations have recorded positive tests of coronavirus, with a total of 14 victims.
This state of affairs forced the Phoenix Suns to stop their season at 26-39, which left all the Talking Stick Resort Arena employees counting losses. In a bid to help them through the crisis, the team announced that they would be compensating the workers for the remaining Suns games that were canceled in March.
9. Devin Booker
Fox 10 news reported that Phoenix Suns player Devin Booker, partnered with Phoenix Suns Charities to raise cash through live streaming on Twitch. He announced that he aims to help join people together, raise awareness, and help those affected by coronavirus. Booker stated, “These are trying times that transcend basketball, and I would like to call on everyone to be good teammates as we deal with this challenge together.” People can make donations through his Twitch Channel.
Additionally, the NBA All-Star pledged a donation of $100,000 to the campaign, which the Suns Charities matched.
The funds collected aim to support nonprofits that help the needy like the Foundation for Senior Living, the Arizona Food Bank Network, and the Banner Health Foundation.
10. Josh Harris and David Blitzer
The co-managing partners of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, the firm that owns the Devils, made significant contributions to the Emergency Response Fund. The two six-figure donations were made over a few days. The Devils also donated 10,000 hand sanitizers, 7,000 pairs of gloves, and soap, among other sanitizing supplies. Additionally, Josh and David announced that, if need be, the Prudential Center, which is also owned by HBSE, would be available for the erection of a temporary medical facility. The team is also supporting its staff through the pandemic.
Coronavirus is a global pandemic that continues to affect the residents of Arizona significantly. With offices, schools, and religious centers closed, people are likely to lose hope. This is great news and more of a breath of fresh air to hear that AZ sports stars are donating to the coronavirus relief fund. It is, therefore, with great respect that we appreciate all the AZ sports players and teams helping to alleviate the effects of Covid-19 on the community.