Milwaukee Bucks star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, has pledged $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff to help offset costs related to their loss of earnings during the NBA season hiatus.
“It’s bigger than basketball!” Antetokounmpo wrote in a post on his personal Twitter page.
“And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my teammates lives easier… We can get through this together.”
Following Antetokounmpo’s pledge, Bucks Senior Vice-President, Alex Lasry, said the team would match his donation.
“As usual, we follow our leader. Everyone at Fiserv Forum is part of our family, so the Bucks organization will match Giannis’ contribution as we all try to get thru this…and we will together,” Mr Lasry explained on Twitter.
Later speaking to Channel Fox 6, Mr Lasry added that the decision to donate ‘was not being done for applause.’
“This is us trying to make a crappy situation a little bit better and trying to help those who, quite frankly, make this place run,” he said.
These donations come less than a week after NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, announced that the 2019/2020 season would be suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak in North America.
Among those worst affected by the suspension are arena workers, including those at Fiserv Forum.