In a recent interview on ESPN, Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans made a pretty impressive announcement with his wife, former football star Lauren Holiday. Holiday pledges the remainder of his NBA salary for the remainder of the season to a myriad of charities and small businesses across the United States, in an effort to support black businesses and black communities.
Holiday could make up to $ 5.3 million for the remainder of the NBA season in the theoretically coronavirus-free “bubble” located in Orlando, and as per his pledge, everything will go to the Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Impact Fund. As he explained in the interview:
“We really feel like my salary promise could really benefit black communities… In LA, New Orleans and Indiana, we have connections there, so we think it’s time. great for doing it… To get back to everything that is going on, I needed an extra push and try to find solutions with other teammates and other people in the league. My wife just one night was just like ‘I really feel like you should promise the rest of your paycheck.’ “
In addition to the planned contribution of $ 4 million to various organizations in Los Angeles, New Orleans and Indiana (selected for their personal importance to Jrue and Lauren), the holidays are also donating another million. dollars to black business owners in ten other US cities, plus $ 500,000 to various historically black colleges across the country.
Holiday also made the pledge of his remaining NBA salary on a recent post on his official Instagram account, where he called it “a progressive step towards tackling systemic racism as well as the social and economic inequalities that continue to prevent black communities moving forward, ”as well as the reference to racial disparities in the United States’ covid-19 payment protection program.