New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday and his wife, Lauren Holiday, are making a contribution to the movement to combat social injustice. The Holidays will donate the remainder of Jrue’s salary, up to $5.3M in order to start the Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Impact Fund, taking to ESPN‘s The Jump to confirm the news.
.@JrueHoliday11 announces on #TheJump that he is donating the rest of his salary this season to social causes through a foundation set up with his wife @laurenholiday12. Could be more than $5 million – this is just a rock-star family; I’m always so impressed. pic.twitter.com/tL8RLPSz5F
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) July 15, 2020
Jrue Holiday is dedicated to helping his community.???https://t.co/2zGRkdDl7d
— NBPA (@TheNBPA) July 15, 2020
The news of the Holidays’ new fund follows news that San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills also intends to donate the remainder of his 2020 salary to organizations geared toward combatting social injustice.
The NBA is preparing to restart its season after a hiatus of over four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the resumed season, players can substitute the names on their jerseys with social justice messages.
New Orleans enters the NBA restart with a record of 28-36, looking to force its way into the playoff picture as the 10th seed in the Western Conference. Holiday is currently averaging 19.6 points and 6.9 assists per game in his 55 appearances for the Pelicans this season.