New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday announced that he would be pledging his remaining 2019-20 salary, one that amounts to nearly $5.3 million, to start the Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Justice Impact Fund.
This fund would provide aid to communities to New Orleans, the Los Angeles area, and Indianapolis - areas that the Holidays have a close connection with.
While he has been playing for the Pelicans in New Orleans since 2013, he is a Los Angeles native who played college basketball at UCLA for a year. Indianapolis, meanwhile, is not only Jure's wife Lauren's birthplace but it also holds significance since both of Jrue's younger brothers Aaron and Justin play for the Indiana Pacers.
"This big announcement for me and my family is we are pledging the rest of my salary. Just to really keep this movement going," Holiday said on ESPN's The Jump.
The announcement further stated that the fund would go to "Black-owned small businesses in 10 cities that have been devastated by the impact of COVID-19, but are now known to have received less than 2% of the Paycheck Protection Program loans provided."
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Holiday is among a host of NBA players that have announced initiatives during the 2019-20 restart to continue the social justice movement.
Both Patty Mills and Dwight Howard have announced their decisions to donate their remaining salary. While the Aussie guard would do so with Black Lives Matter organisations in Australia, Lakers' center Howard is supporting his "Breathe Again" foundation
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