Athletes raising money for COVID-19 response efforts

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Athletes for Relief participant Simone Biles (AthletesRelief.org)
Urban News Staff Reports

In response to the developing COVID-19 situation across the globe, leaders from throughout the sports industry have partnered with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to launch AthletesRelief.org, a global fundraising tool designed to generate financial support for those impacted by the COVID-19 virus.

Unlike a typical auction, all fans who donate a minimum of $25 for an item will be entered into a raffle at the end of the campaign. 100% of the proceeds will go to Center for Disaster Philanthropy's COVID-19 Response Fund, which is supporting frontline healthcare workers and clinics, food security, and distribution of needed products, with a focus 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
"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. "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."

"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, Octagon. "This affects all of us. The more participation. The more money. The more relief."

Athletes for Relief is an industry-wide initiative, which includes support from all athletes and leaders throughout the global sports community.

To donate to the Athletes for Relief campaign, click here.

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