Milwaukee Bucks Guard Jrue Holiday has donated the remainder of his 2020-2021 NBA salary to small Black-owned businesses, nonprofits and initiatives.
“With the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened racial injustices in 2020, many of us have been looking for answers. Lauren & I found ourselves searching for ways to help our community at a time when they needed it most. Pledging the remainder of our 2020 NBA salary to small Black-owned businesses, nonprofits and initiatives are how we felt we could make a lasting impact,” Holiday stated.
“According to Google, in 2020, worldwide searches for ‘support small business’ doubled compared to the previous year. It’s encouraging to know that at a time when we could all use a helping hand, we are still searching for ways to help one another. Know that you are not alone in your search for answers.”
Holiday is not alone in his efforts. As the Bucks guard donates upwards of $20 million to small businesses, Robert Covington of the Portland Trailblazers has donated to Tennessee State University, Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz has launched a scholarship program and Norman Powell of the Toronto Raptors donated $100,000 to a high school in San Diego.
Holiday and the Bucks will return to the court on Christmas against the Golden State Warriors.