Kyrie Irving, Rex Chapman, And NFL Owners Donate Millions to COVID-19 Relief

By Greg on March 24, 2020
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 21: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts after a basket during the second half of their game against the Atlanta Hawks at Barclays Center on December 21, 2019 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Pro sporting events may be cancelled, but athletes and owners are finding ways to provide relief for the coronavirus crisis. On March 23, Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets celebrated his birthday by donating $323,000 to Feeding America. The NBA player’s donation will help distribute 250,000 meals to New Yorkers in need of food, UPROXX reports. In an Instagram post, Irving thanked “everyone on the front lines,” adding “we can change the world one small gesture at a time.”


UPROXX further reports that former Kentucky college basketball star Rex Chapman used his platform to raise $55,000 in two hours for relief for communities dealing with the coronavirus.

On an even larger scale, Yardbarker reports that the Cleveland Browns announced that owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are pledging $1.5 million for relief efforts throughout Ohio. Carolina Panthers owner David A. Tepper donated $2.65 million, and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blunk donated $5.4 million.