The effort to slow down the rising coronavirus pandemic has spurred many celebrities to contribute money to ensure we all get through this deadly crisis. In a collective effort to help those in need, various leaders from throughout the sports industry have partnered with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to launch AthletesRelief.org. The initiative is a global fundraising tool created to help generate financial support for the many people who have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
“Athletes for Relief” features more than 115 of the world’s top athletes. The group includes: Stephen Curry, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, Jack Nicklaus, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Hawk, Elena Delle Donne, Mike Eruzione, David Ortiz, Shaun White, Rose Lavelle, and Marc-Andre Fleury. Some of the biggest names in the sports industry, such as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban have joined forces and donated select signed memorabilia for fans to bid on now through May 1.
“I’m very pleased to join many athletes, including friends and fellow golfers like Rory McIlroy and Nick Faldo, as well as other athletes, like Steph Curry and Michael Phelps, to raise funds for COVID-19 relief,” said Jack Nicklaus in a written statement. “We’re all in this together, and together we will get through this. But we need to raise money, and I am honored and proud to be part of a unified effort such as this.”
Various exclusive items are being auctioned online. All fans who donate a minimum of $25 for any item will have their names entered into a raffle at the end of the campaign. All of the proceeds will go to Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which is supporting front-line healthcare workers and clinics, food security, and distribution of needed products, focusing on assistance to vulnerable communities.
Items up for auction include:
- Stephen Curry signed jersey
- Jack Nicklaus signed Golden Bear hat and glove
- Simone Biles signed leotard
- Tony Hawk signed skateboard
- Rose Lavelle signed Team USA jersey
- Mike Eruzione signed Team USA jersey
- Mark Cuban signed $1 Bill
“Athletes from around the world asked for a way to do something together in addition to their personal donations in their local communities,” said David Schwab, executive vice president of Octagon. “This affects all of us. The more participation, the more money, the more relief.”
Athletes for Relief is being supported by athletes and leaders throughout the global sports community.
To donate to the Athletes for Relief campaign, click here.