The coronavirus has shut down practically all major U.S. sports and by extension the arenas they are played in. While for most people, that means missing out on their favorite sports, for many, it means their jobs are in limbo and paychecks they rely on are gone. Several athletes have pledged donations to support the various workers in arenas they call home.
Kevin Love announced via Instagram he would be donating $100,000 to assist staff of the Cleveland Cavaliers arena.
"I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities," Love wrote in his post.
And join him others did. Blake Griffin, of the Detroit Pistons matched Love by donating $100,000 to the Little Caesars arena workers. Love congratulated his altruism in a tweet.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, again matched Love's donation, giving $100,000 to the staff of the Fiserv Forum arena.
"We can get through this together!" Antetokounmpo wrote on Twitter.
Zion Williamson, of the New Orleans Pelicans, made a pledge to cover the salaries for every worker at the Pelicans' arena for 30 days.
"These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization," Williamson wrote. "Unfortunately, many of them are still recovering from long term challenges created by Katrina, and now face the economic impact of the postponement of games because of the virus."