Philanthropy Rumors

Klay Thompson: These past few weeks have been so unimaginably hard for Bahamians, especially on the islands of Abaco and Freeport. People have lost everything- loved ones, family, possessions, homes. Whatever you cherish it’s gone for these communities. This is far from a quick fix, it will take years and years of rebuilding. The @thompsonfamilyfoundation will do everything in its power to help with relief efforts right now and for many years to come. All contributions no matter how big or small will go long way and are greatly appreciated.
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan has pledged a $1 million contribution to relief efforts in the Bahamas, in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian. Jordan’s pledge comes a year after he made a similar contribution in response to Hurricane Florence. Jordan, who grew up in Wilmington, pledged $2 million after Florence caused severe damage up and down the North and South Carolina coasts.

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield is asking for donations to help the Bahamas rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. “As you know, my country, the Bahamas, has been severely damaged by the Hurricane Dorian,” Hield wrote on a GoFundMe page. “My heart is broken for my fellow Bahamians, especially on the island I was raised on, Grand Bahama. I personally know many people who still need rescuing, and there are thousands without medical help, power, food, or other basic necessities. Bahamians are a strong people, but they still need our help to get them through this.”
Taj Gibson grew up in the Ingersoll Houses on Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn and followed his dreams all the way to the NBA. “This is my community,” Gibson, an NBA veteran since he was drafted in 2009. This is the 6th year the hometown hero is hosting his Back to School Bash. Kids from all over Brooklyn have been invited to participate in a basketball tournament, school supply drive and family carnival.
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“[We talked about] resilience, mindfulness, it being OK to fail and get up and try again,” Hayward said. “Kind of just social media and things, everything that goes on in today’s world that can really get you down, realizing that it’s OK to be anxious and nervous and those are human emotions. But really just leaning on your support system and being resilient and fighting through and getting up and doing it again.”
Now in its 22nd year, the Chicago Football Classic aims to bring 15,000 students to Soldier Field to watch Howard University play Hampton University on Sep. 14. Each year, the game showcases some of the country’s top HBCUs both on and off the field, with a college fair designed to encourage students to “achieve their personal best in school and beyond.”
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden is donating more than $240,000 to the city of Houston to renovate outdoor basketball courts in under-served areas that were ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. Harden addressed the donation Saturday alongside Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner as part of his JH-Town Weekend of charity. The announcement was made at Tuffly Park in north Houston, where over 100 neighborhood children also received new bicycles.

Utah Jazz star Joe Ingles and his wife, Melbourne Vixens star Renae Ingles are thrilled to have partnered with Marvel Stadium in the launch of Melbourne’s first in-stadium sensory room. After their son Jacob was diagnosed with autism in January, the pair found it increasingly hard to attend each other’s games due to the impact of the noise and lighting inside the arenas on their son, but a trip to Utah’s Vivint Smart Home Arena’s sensory room changed it all.
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Ingles, who will be a part of Australia’s squad that takes on Team USA at Marvel Stadium this week, described Marvel’s sensory room as the “be-all and end-all”. “For us to have that option is amazing, because the flip side of it is a pretty crazy meltdown and probably a trip home at quarter time. It’s the be-all and end-all,” he said. “Just to know that I can focus on the game and know that the kids, if they’re great, I’ll be able to see them wherever they’re sitting. If not, I’ll know where they are and I’ll know that they’re in a safe space. Just to have that comfort level is amazing.”
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Kitchener’s very own NBA star Jamal Murray was in a giving mood as he returned back to his home community. The Denver Nuggets guard was at Amos Avenue Community Housing Neighbourhood on Saturday to unveil a new basketball court and give out school supplies to local children. “I love being back home,” said Murray. “Especially this community. I get to see some old friends and some little kids that want to play basketball. It’s a good thing to do.”
Ferguson didn’t hit the links with Curry, but they did engage in a brief conversation about their mutual love of the sport. In fact, Ferguson said, he had turned down an offer to play collegiately to attend Howard, which, like many historically black colleges and universities, doesn’t have a golf team. That chat made such an impression on Curry that he is returning to Washington on Monday to announce that he is sponsoring the creation of men’s and women’s golf teams at Howard — bringing competitive golf to the university for the first time in decades.
Curry was now squatted in front of him, offering to help in any way he could and providing his email address. They touched base once, then Curry suddenly stopped responding. It was basketball season, of course. Ferguson decided to keep sending updates. He emailed Curry to say he had found sponsors for the golf club and to cover the cost of tee times. He sent additional messages as the club competed in each of its first two tournaments. He emailed again to relay that he had had a short conversation with the university president, who seemed receptive to the idea of expanding the golf club into an official team.
This is not the first Knox has dished out Puma swag. As part of his contract, Tampa Catholic gets $10,000 worth of gear from the company for a four-year period that started in 2018. The Crusaders were able to buy uniforms, travel gear and three new pairs of sneakers for every player on the team. In addition, Knox paid for all the hotel rooms when the Crusaders travel to play in the Las Vegas Prep Invitational on December of last year.
No matter how long Hornets center Bismack Biyombo’s NBA career carries on, he always finds time to give back to his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the offseason. According to his Twitter page, Biyombo recently visited with patients and staff at the Kitambo Hospital in the capital city of Kinshasa and provided new medical supplies and equipment for the facility. He also helped set up a solar-powered mobile medical clinic in Karisimbi, a commune located near the eastern border of the central African nation.
Biyombo plans to upgrade a total of six medical facilities this summer, but these refurbishments aren’t the only thing on his agenda. Having already opened the Kivu International School in Goma, his foundation is working on building the second of three schools in addition to a fourth basketball academy. The facilities at Kivu currently include 20 classrooms, a library, computer lab, basketball court, soccer field, gym, playground, auditorium and theater.
On the computer coding program in Orlando that he funds through his charitable organization: Aaron Gordon: “My mom (Shelly Davis Gordon) is a computer scientist and she did really well for herself. Coding, it’s not discriminatory at all even though it seems like the demographic of coders is kind of, like, white. So it would be good to see kids with less privilege and more minorities getting into coding programs and really, developing apps that could potentially create a lot of jobs and create careers for themselves and make a lot of money with them and their family. (The program’s impact on kids) has been amazing. It’s been a dream of mine and my mom’s for a long time so for it to come to fruition is beautiful. My mom is choking back tears every day.”
W.A.R.M. is not a charity, but, rather, an initiative to encourage people to keep care packages in their cars to give to the homeless. The acronym might be more fitting in Indiana and other cold-weather states, but Turner says the sentiment applies everywhere. “I always told myself that, if I ever made it, I would do something with this one day, on a bigger platform,” he said. “It’s something I’m trying to expand in my home state and hopefully across the nation. “I think this can go even miles further.”

The Warriors are leaving. Some key players have packed up and exited. But Stephen and Ayesha Curry are committed to Oakland. On Thursday, the Bay Area’s first couple of sports will unveil their new family foundation, Eat, Learn, Play. The mission of the nonprofit organization, focused on children in Oakland, is to address three vital elements of a healthy, active childhood: nutrition, education and recreation.
The old concert idea would work, and his former Lexington home was the perfect platform for the project. On Sunday, Humphries will headline a 15-song concert at the Lexington Opera House with all proceeds going to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass. “I just couldn’t think of a better place and a better community to put something like this on,” Humphries told the Courier Journal this week as he practiced for the show. “Obviously, Big Blue Nation is the best fan base I’ve ever been a part of. I’ve played now all around the world and haven’t come across a fan base anything like them. I just kind of knew this was the place where I could do it and people would actually take notice and help people. “My name is on the billboard or whatever you call it and it’s my show, (but) I am doing this for other people. … I needed to find an environment where people wanted to be generous and wanted to give back to other people. I know that BBN and Kentucky do that.”
Tickets to the 6 p.m. show are available at with prices ranging from $35 to a $100 VIP package that includes a meet and greet with Humphries following the show. “The funds raised from this concert will have a huge impact on our ability to continue to keep families close to their sick children being treated locally, and the awareness it will bring to RMHC is invaluable,” Nate Graham, executive director of the RHMC of the Bluegrass, said in a news release. “We are endlessly thankful to Isaac.” Humphries wants to keep some mystery about the specific set list but promised the 15 songs he has chosen each reflect a specific moment in his life. He plans to share those stories during the performance.
According to a release on, the Presti donation will help provide renovations and upgrades to two procedure rooms at the Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders for Children and the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at The Children’s Hospital. The donation will also contribute to the creation of a “nurturing and interactive space” in the east lobby of The Children’s Center.
This Friday, Men in Black: International, a spinoff from the Men in Black film series, hits theaters nationwide. Thanks to Terrence Ross, 50 kids from Parramore’s New Image Youth Center (NIYC) were able to watch the fourth installment of the science fiction franchise even earlier. Just a few weeks after wrapping up the best season of his career – averaging 15.1 points while making 217 3-pointers, the most by anyone in league history who didn’t start in a single game – Ross hosted a private screening of the movie for the children at the Cobb Plaza Cinema Café in downtown Orlando. He also treated them to popcorn, drinks, a Magic goody bag and transportation to and from the theater.
For the second time in less than a year, Michael Jordan is making a sizable donation to his hometown. Laney athletic director Fred Lynch confirmed Thursday that Jordan would be donating $1.1 million to the Buccaneers. Half of the donation must go straight to the athletic department, according to Lynch, while the other half could help any aspect of Laney High School. “Contrary to popular belief, Michael is always thinking of us,” Lynch said. “People are surprised when stuff like this comes out, but we’re not surprised over here at Laney. It’s not always publicized, but it’s always a nice little gamechanger for Laney athletics.”
Shahbaz Khan: I am SPEECHLESS. Lost for words. @Karl-Anthony Towns, completely on his own, saw @ferheeeen and I’s “Photos to Fight Poverty” campaign and donated enough for us to reach our goal. The dude is an All-Star on and off the court. We’re lucky to have him in MN.

One more reason to love @CJMcCollum and our Portland @TrailBlazers : Last week, CJ found out one of our patients would soon lose his leg to cancer and sent him this encouraging video. Thanks to Atticus and his mom, @IreneLVeldstra , for letting us share it. #RipCity #Osteosarcoma

Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to fund the construction of an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year. The mayor of the Rafina area where the fire occurred last July said on Monday the local authority received the offer from the Milwaukee Bucks player to build the court at a new recycling park that is being planned in the area. The mayor, Vangelis Bournous, gave no details of the construction cost but said the venue would be ready at the end of this summer.
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When Keith met his idol at the shoe store, they didn’t just chat, they went shopping. The basketball legend ended up buying Keith 10 pairs of size 18 shoes. He bought all different kinds, knowing it was often hard for the teen and his mom to find the right size. “This will help a lot. I won’t so much have to worry about buying him dress shoes,” the teen’s mom, Brittany Keith said. “He hasn’t had a pair of dress shoes in about four or five years because it’s been hard trying to find the ones that actually fit.”
LeBron James made a surprise appearance at his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, in Akron Thursday afternoon. But the surprise was for students of his I Promise School. IPS is a public school founded in partnership with Akron Public Schools and the LeBron James Family Foundation. He brought with him a check for $1 million to build a new gym at the school for 240 3rd and 4th graders. It was funded by a grant from the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation.
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“I don’t want you guys to think that the gym that we’re putting up is just correlated behind sports. It’s also another safe place for our kids. Another place where our faculty members and our teachers and everyone associated the place can still have hands on with our kids,” he said. “The word sport is definitely a huge thing because it’s basically where I come from,” James told the I Promise students. “I understand we preache education everyday day and we’re going to continue to preach education every day because it means so much not only where you are today, but going on for the rest of your life.”
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There’s a huge barrier to entry for therapy, which is how much it costs. For someone who can’t afford therapy, what would you recommend? Kevin Love: You’re damn right it’s expensive, and not everyone can afford it. My fund wants to help with that. But if you aren’t able, you can look to somebody within arm’s distance. If there’s a friend, family member, or somebody at school who’s willing to talk to you, that’s absolutely worth doing.
Former NBA legend Karl Malone recently gave an assist to the Louisiana Tech Baptist Collegiate Ministry, whose chapel sustained significant damage from an EF3 tornado that touched down in Ruston Thursday, April 25. Malone, a Summerfield native and Louisiana Tech alum, used his construction equipment Friday to help BCM staff and students remove a large tree that had fallen onto the roof of the chapel during the height of the storm.
As much as the school has relied on the donations of others, including Kidd-Gilchrist, Irving has emerged as the biggest benefactor. When rumors of the school shutting down initially began, the star point guard was determined to save the culture he says taught him the toughness and grit necessary to stand out at the highest level of basketball. Not yet in the NBA, Irving made a promise to Chavannes: If I make it, when I make it, I’m going to take care of you and the kids. Chavannes tells the remarkable story of how The Patrick School has reinvented itself since then, relying on gifts from anyone willing to help. Then he gives a tour of the gym, weight room and locker rooms — for boys and girls — all renovated or donated by Irving. Throughout a long discussion, Chavannes emphasizes the lengths to which Irving has gone to deliver on his vow. “Without his support,” Chavannes says, “we wouldn’t be here.”
Few people, though, stop and help. That’s what Donovan Mitchell did, though, in an accident he witnessed on Monday between his team’s morning shootaround and his 8:30 p.m. game. “I was driving by, a lady was falling out of her car, the airbags went off, she was grabbing her chest and I was like, ‘Oh shoot.’ Like a natural instinct to found out what happened,” Mitchell explained. Mitchell ended up calling 911 to report the accident.
Few people, though, stop and help. That’s what Donovan Mitchell did, though, in an accident he witnessed on Monday between his team’s morning shootaround and his 8:30 p.m. game. “I was driving by, a lady was falling out of her car, the airbags went off, she was grabbing her chest and I was like, ‘Oh shoot.’ Like a natural instinct to found out what happened,” Mitchell explained. Mitchell ended up calling 911 to report the accident.
The academic results are early, and at 240, the sample size of students is small, but the inaugural classes of third and fourth graders at I Promise posted extraordinary results in their first set of district assessments. Ninety percent met or exceeded individual growth goals in reading and math, outpacing their peers across the district. “These kids are doing an unbelievable job, better than we all expected,” Mr. James said in a telephone interview hours before a game in Los Angeles for the Lakers. “When we first started, people knew I was opening a school for kids. Now people are going to really understand the lack of education they had before they came to our school. People are going to finally understand what goes on behind our doors.”
Lakers forward LeBron James, Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka and former Lakers player James Worthy addressed the golfers prior to teeing off. The 2018-19 team also attended the reception and visited the MIR Audio Video product display room, which included the latest in high-end audio visual equipment and automation. Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton and members of his coaching staff attended the reception and dinner.
The Atlanta Hawks honored guard Kent Bazemore with the Jason Collier Memorial Trophy before tonight’s matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers. This is the 14th consecutive season the club has presented the award, earned annually by the player who most closely exemplifies the characteristics of a community ambassador displayed by Collier, the late Hawks center who passed away in 2005. During the 2018-19 campaign, Bazemore positively impacted youth and communities throughout the city of Atlanta. In December, he participated in a Hawks’ community event in partnership with Vision To Learn where more than 60 kids at Toney Elementary School received new eyeglasses and took part in a free basketball clinic.
And, for Ingles and his family, it was an emotional night. The Jazz presented a check for $1.2 million at the end of the third quarter for those affected by autism. The organization donated another $5,000 for every Ingles assist up to five. Ingles had those five assists midway through the first quarter. And Ingles and a healthy host of Jazz players wore custom shoes designed by Kickstradamous that bore Jacob’s name. “I was just glad to be able to do something, because I wasn’t sure how I was gonna be,” Ingles said after the win. “I was glad I was able to just do something out there. I just wanted to win the game and see how much we could raise. Those were the only goals for me tonight.”