Curry Foundation Helping Thousands Of Families In Oakland
Warriors G Stephen Curry and wife Ayesha's Eat. Learn. Play. foundation's "original goal" was to feed Oakland children, but that has "changed to feeding any Oakland resident in need." The foundation has "gone from feeding 4,000 families a week in February to 15,000 families to now providing 300,000 meals a week." Since the "outset of the pandemic, the foundation has helped serve more than a million meals" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/17).
A PROJECT RE-PURPOSED: The Home Plate Project has "become involved in the current crisis at the urging of MLB." The project, supported by all 30 MLB clubs and over 50 players, has raised nearly $1M to "provide over four million meals to support childhood hunger prevention." Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw, Astros P Justin Verlander and Angels 1B Albert Pujols are among the players "who have contributed to the endeavor." Last year, the goal for the Home Plate Project was to "get two players from each of the 30 teams to donate $5,000 each." Singer Garth Brooks then "pledged to triple the amount so that a total of $900,000 was raised to fight children's hunger." Players from "every team responded, and in all, $937,100 was raised on short notice" (MLB.com, 4/16). Mets Ps Steven Matz and Michael Wacha are among those involved in the project, and Matz also "pledged a $32,000 donation to New York City first responders and hospitals" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/17).
SPECIAL SPONSORSHIPS: USL League One expansion club Union Omaha is "giving the prime advertising real estate on the front of its jerseys to two local health care companies" -- Nebraska Medicine (white uniforms) and CHI Health (black uniforms). Union Omaha President Martie Cordaro said that "no financial terms are tied to the one-year apparel agreements." The club "estimates that the value of its overall donations will be about $250,000, a figure that includes CEO Gary Green’s gift of 45,000 masks earlier this week" (OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, 4/17)....Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk "bought lunch for the people at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus, Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, the Montfort Hospital, Queensway-Carleton Hospital and Roger Neilson House to thank them for all the hard work they're doing during the COVID-19 pandemic" (OTTAWA SUN, 4/17)....The Int'l Boxing Federation has "pledged to donate $5,000" to the The Community Food Bank of New Jersey and is "launching a campaign to raise an additional $5,000 as the charity reaches" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 4/17).
NFL PLAYERS CONTINUE TO HELP: Former NFLer Brandon Marshall donated meals to healthcare workers at Memorial Hospital Pembroke and said that he is "hoping to donate at least 30,000 meals to healthcare workers" (South Florida SUN SENTINEL, 4/17). Bills WR Stefon Diggs is among the players "who are donating thousands of meals and beverages to front-line health care workers" in South Florida as part of Marshall's House of Athlete Group (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/17)....Colin Kaepernick is "donating $100,000 to the Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 Relief Fund" (USA TODAY, 4/17)....Rams DE Sebastian Joseph-Day made a $10,000 donation to Rossoblu's Restaurant Relief, which "helped fund 250 meals for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center personnel and their families" (L.A. TIMES, 4/17).
MORE DONATIONS: White Sox P Steve Cishek said that money he earned from his Cameo video greetings from Thursday through Saturday will "benefit No Kid Hungry, a campaign of Share Our Strength, which is a foundation that strives to end hunger" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/17)....Minnesota pro sports broadcasters have "teamed up to raise money to help those in need during the coronavirus crisis." The initiative "includes 22 local commentators from Fox Sports North, KFAN, WCCO and SKOR North." Proceeds will go to the "Boys & Girls Club, Second Harvest Heartland and United Way’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund" (St. Paul PIONEER PRESS, 4/17)....Knicks G Elfrid Payton is "donating 10,000 protective masks to medical workers in New Orleans." Payton played for the Pelicans in '18-19 (NOLA.com, 4/16).