5x All-Star Al Horford to Donate $500 Thousand in Coronavirus Aid to Dominican Republic, Former Team Locations

Jordan Cohn
April 02, 2020 - 2:45 pm

76ers big man Al Horford has a reputation for being one of the nicest, most likable guys in the entire NBA. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise, then, to see him playing an active role in the efforts to stop the spread and repair the destruction caused by coronavirus all around the world.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Horford is focusing his donation on his home country of the Dominican Republic, though he's also including locations within the United States that are of importance to him and his career.

Horford joins a continually growing list of NBA players that have donated large portions of their contracts in order to help out in multiple areas regarding the virus. Earlier on Thursday, Blazers star C.J. McCollum donated over $100 thousand to Portland in their efforts of COVID-19 relief.

The Sixers were one of the teams that publicly announced that they had been affected by the virus directly, as three members of the organization tested positive for coronavirus. They had also been involved in a controversial decision to cut pay for employees during these trying times.

However, the organization decided to walk back that plan of action.

Horford's stint with the Sixers hasn't been a great one on the floor, as he had been demoted to a bench role due to a lack of compatibility with Joel Embiid and struggles with team chemistry. However, given the fact that there is an entire article devoted to just how good a teammate and person Horford is on ESPN, you have to think that he's had a positive impact on the team overall.

Horford did not specify how much money will go to each location. The Dominican Republic now has over 1,000 cases (as of April 2) while the United States has the most confirmed cases in the world with over 160,000.

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