Hurricane Harvey has ravaged the city of Houston, and Rockets owner Leslie Alexander is doing all he can to aid the relief efforts.
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander went to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and said that he’d up his donation to Hurricane Harvey relief from $4 million to $10 million.
The effects of the natural disaster have been historic. Citizens from surrounding towns were told to evacuate, and Houston has seen record rainfall during the last few days. A majority of the city is underwater, and any contributions made will go a long way.
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The Rockets released a statement following Alexander’s original donation, but the team elected not to make the raise public. Feigen got confirmation of the report from someone within the organization.
“Our hearts are heavy seeing the devastation that so many of our friends, family and neighbors are experiencing,” announced the Rockets in their statement on Monday. “Leslie Alexander has contributed $4 million to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund in an effort to help Clutch City come back stronger than ever. Please stay safe, Houston.”
Alexander isn’t the first person in sports to offer up a donation, but his giving, by far, is the largest. Chris Paul, the newest Rocket, donated $50,000 to the fund organized by Houston Texans star J.J. Watt. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is reportedly going to match the first $1 million donated to the Red Cross.
In a report from Candice Bucker of the Washington Post, John Wall and Bradley Beal started a fundraiser inside the Washington Wizards organization. The two started a group text, and both players and executives from the franchise have chipped in.
To do my part, I’ll be making individual donations to the American Red Cross. Additionally, TBN Media is going to donate 25 percent of all proceeds from The Hub to J.J. Watt’s Harvey relief fund.
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