Many NBA stars are pitching in to help those in need during the current global pandemic. Sixers’ star forward Joel Embiid is the latest to make a generous donation.
Worldwide health concerns have made life difficult for many across the country. Individuals who work in sports are especially in a tough spot with the sports world on hold.
The Sixers’ front office reportedly made the tough decision to mandate team employees who make at least a $50,000 salary to accept a 20 percent salary decrease during the NBA postponement. Given the tough news, Embiid wants to help out.
To help those individuals in need, Embiid has pledged $500,000 to help team workers. NBA insider Shams Charania has the latest on the generous donation:
76ers star Joel Embiid says he is donating $500,000 to coronavirus relief and helping team workers who are temporarily reducing their salary during pandemic.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 24, 2020
Embiid joins other NBA stars – like Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love – to help lessen the pain during this turbulent time. It’s always great to see sports figures using their influence and financial position to assist others who are less fortunate.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia fans are certainly hoping the NBA season returns soon. The Sixers are 39-26 this season, good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. If the playoffs started today, Philadelphia would be matched up against the Boston Celtics.
But for now, rather than focusing on the game, Embiid and many others are contributing to a greater cause.