Reports: Rockets owner Leslie Alexander pledges $10 million to Harvey relief efforts – ESPN
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Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander will now donate $10 million to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund started by Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, an increase over the $4 million he pledged Monday, according to multiple reports.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Alexander has told the mayor about the increased contribution, but the team will not put out a statement on the matter because Alexander does not want the additional donation to bring attention to himself.
The Rockets had issued a statement Monday after Alexander’s original donation, saying “our hearts are heavy seeing the devastation that so many of our friends, family and neighbors are experiencing.”
Later Tuesday, the NBA and NBPA announced that they’ve jointly committed to donate $1 million to organizations “including the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, American Red Cross, and other non-profit groups working in the Greater Houston area to bring relief to those impacted.”
The Houston Astros ownership group also agreed to donate $4 million to the relief efforts and said all revenue from tickets, concessions and parking from their relocated series against the Texas Rangers will go to hurricane relief efforts. With the series opening Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Rangers also pledged $1 million in hurricane relief.
Thursday’s preseason game between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys has also been relocated, with the Cowboys now playing host. On Tuesday, the teams announced that ticket sales will be donated to the United Way of Greater Houston Relief Fund.
Now classified as a tropical storm, Harvey has devastated the Houston area with flooding as a result of unprecedented rainfall totals.
Among other donations announced by teams and athletes Tuesday:
Dodgers pitcher Scott Kazmir, who is from Houston, donated $10,000 to the Houston SPCA, $10,000 to the Coalition for the Homeless, $10,000 to the Houston Food Bank and $100,000 to the Bayou City Fellowship for a total of $130,000.
The St. Louis Cardinals announced they will match the pledges of Matt Carpenter and Adam Wainwright for relief efforts. On Monday, Carpenter, a native of Galveston, Texas, pledged to donate $10,000 for every home run he hits for the remainder of the season. Wainwright then pledged to match Carpenter’s donation.
Tennessee Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk donated $1 million to J.J. Watt‘s relief effort, helping push the total raised by the Texans defensive end to $2 million. The New York Jets also donated $1 million on Tuesday, making their pledge to the American Red Cross.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott both announced donations that made reference to their uniform numbers. Trout, who wears No. 27, donated $27,000. Elliott, who wears No. 21, donated $21,000.
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) August 29, 2017
Hey Cowboys nation. No matter what team you’re rooting for, we’re all rooting for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. That’s why I’m donating $21,000 to The Salvation Army to support victims of this disaster. And I challenge my friends and all of Cowboys nation to join me in this fight. It doesn’t matter how much you can give, whether it’s $21, or $210, or $21,000 – 100% of all donations will go directly to food, shelter, and other relief efforts. And I’d like to personally challenge @_4dak , @dezbryant and @realdeal2_83 to join the fight by making a significant contribution at helpsalvationarmy.org. #harvey2017 #cowboys #cowboysnation #hurricaneharvey #harveyrelief #doingthemostgood #salvationarmy
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Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes, a native of the Houston area, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson he will donate $25,000 to relief efforts and an additional $5,000 for each sack he makes this season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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