Professional athletes, including some former Jayhawks, across leagues have come together to help fight the novel coronavirus and support nurses and doctors on the frontline.
“We have initiated plans to purchase masks and donate them to hospitals in need,” the Houston Rockets guard said in a statement on Instagram. "As we are limited to the amount of hospitals we can help C3 International has graciously offered to provide these masks to any person or facility in need at manufacturer cost.”
Joel Embiid has also joined in to support the fight against the outbreak.
On Tuesday, Embiid announced that he would pledge to donate $500,000 to COVID-19 medical relief efforts. The 7-foot center also was making plans to financially support the 76ers staff that received salary cuts, but the Sixers’ organization switched and announced it would plan on paying its employees their full salaries.
In these trying times, I’m proud of the Sixers organization for reversing course and “doing a 180”. Let’s focus on beating this Coronavirus now. Let’s be responsible and Trust the Process!!— Joel “Do a 180” Embiid??? (@JoelEmbiid) March 24, 2020
Former player and assistant coach Danny Manning is coming out with a pledge to donate as well. Manning took to Twitter to declare his and his wife’s pledge to donate to Forsyth County’s COVID-19 Response Fund.
Now is the time to band together to make sure we take care of those struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Julie and I have donated to the COVID-19 Response Fund Forsyth County and we hope you will join us in that effort. To learn more/donate, visit https://t.co/irGUmuYryF— Danny Manning (@CoachDManning) March 23, 2020
Wayne Simien, current assistant coach and former player, shared on Twitter how his family is making a difference. Simien shared a photo of his mother and daughters crafting medical masks for nursing home workers and encouraged others to take similar actions.
I’m inspired by my mom and daughters who are using their time to sew masks for medical and nursing home workers. Let’s not just wait for COVID-19 to pass. Let’s work towards opportunities to activate our skills and gifting to serve others. pic.twitter.com/e4wXk2uUpZ— Wayne Simien Jr. (@waynesimien) March 24, 2020