Kyrie Irving is celebrating his 28th birthday on Monday. But instead of receiving gifts, he’s decided to issue a gift to others.
In the midst of the NBA postponement and growing global health concerns, Irving is donating $323,000 to the New York area. His mission is to provide 250,000 meals to New York residents in need of food during this turbulent time.
Irving is also asking for donations from fans – all of which he will match up to $200,000 – for the same cause.
The Brooklyn guard’s generous birthday donation announcement can be found in the tweet below:
The Nets’ Kyrie Irving marks his 28th birthday by donating more than $300,000 in hopes of distributing some 250,000 meals across the New York area during the coronavirus crisis (via IG) pic.twitter.com/QKez1vWu09
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 23, 2020
In such a frenzied time, this is exactly the type of generosity fans love to see. NBA players can influence a great deal during a time like this, and it’s great to see Irving using his influence for the better – and even more amazing that he’s doing it on his birthday.
Cavaliers forward Kevin Love was the first to lead the charge in regards to donations during the current global pandemic. Love is donating $100,000 to those who work at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse to do all he can to support those in need. Since Love’s act of generosity, other players are pitching in to help the cause.
Irving’s selfless donation on Monday is inspiring many.