Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love to donate $100,000 to aid arena workers

Following Wednesday night’s decision to suspend the rest of the NBA season after Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus, Kevin Love has said he will donate $100,000 to his foundation to help arena workers and support staff.

The Cavaliers franchise is also supporting its employees, paying hourly workers and event staff as if all the games were being played as normal. They took to their Twitter page to praise Love’s generosity.

Love wrote on his Instagram account: “I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities.

“Pandemics are not just a medical phenomenon. They affect individuals and society on so many levels, with stigma and xenophobia being just two aspects of the impact of a pandemic outbreak. It’s important to know that those with a mental illness may be vulnerable to the effects of widespread panic and threat.

“Be kind to one another. Be understanding of their fears, regardless if you don’t feel the same. Be safe and make informed decisions during this time. And I encourage everyone to take care of themselves and to reach out to others in need — whether that means supporting your local charities that are cancelling events, or checking in on your colleagues and family.”

Love became one of the first athletes in league history to openly step forward and lay his struggles with mental health out for all to see. The positive response he received has proven effective in demolishing stigmatism and encouraged many others to open up or be more aware of the issue.

The Cavaliers forward is now one of many NBA figures vowing to help arena workers and league staff through the suspended season.

Mark Cuban, Mavericks owner, is reported to be finalising details on how to assist behind-the-scenes employees, which could include volunteer work in exchange for a continuous paycheck, whilst the Golden State Warriors and Atalanta Hawks are also laying out plans.

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