Spurs launch fund for San Antonio first responders, businesses, families with $500K donation
San Antonio first responders, families and businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic are going to receive some help from Spurs Sports and Entertainment.
The nonprofit arm of the group, which owns the Spurs and operates the AT&T Center, announced a new fund Tuesday that will aid San Antonians. Spurs Give started the fund off with a $500,000 contribution. Groups like Frost Bank, The Charles Butt Foundation, NuStar Energy, The Greehey Family Foundation, Red McCombs Automotive, The CE Group and The 80/20 Foundation have also pledged to chip to help the Spurs Give Together Fund reach its goal to raise more than $1 million.
The Spurs have been finding different avenues to help the San Antonio community since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. On March 16, days after the NBA season was suspended, the Spurs announced a $500,000 fund to pay part-time staff through the end of the Spurs and Rampage seasons. Spurs Give is also allowing anyone in need of a WiFi connection to access the internet at the AT&T Center by parking in one of the lots. Spurs CEO R.C. Buford has also lent a hand at the San Antonio Food Bank.
"As we continue to face the deep impact of COVID-19, we are committed to assisting with the evolving needs across our community," Buford said in a news release. "I've been profoundly touched by the resilience and generosity shown by our community during this time of need. We hope to continue to be a source of support as we get through this together"
Buford encouraged those who are in the position to donate to the fund assisting their neighbors and "unsung heroes" to do so. Money generated by the fund will help with "critical needs" for first responders, local businesses impacted by the pandemic and families unable to meet basic needs.
Individual donors can contribute online or by texting "SpursTogether" to 4144.
Madalyn Mendoza covers news and puro pop culture for MySA.com |
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