We’ve all heard by now that the remaining NBA season has been postponed due to coronavirus. New Orleans Pelicans rookie and star, 19-year-old Zion Williamson pledged to pay the salaries of Smoothie King Center employees for the next 30 days. How amazing is that?
“The people of New Orleans have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I was Drafted by the Pelicans last June, and some of the most special people I have met are those who work at smoothie King Center,” he wrote. “These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization. Unfortunately, many of them are still recovering from long term challenges created by Katrina, and now face the economic impact of the postponement of games because of the virus. My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful for others and being grateful for what we have, and so today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all of those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days.””
The House passed a coronavirus economic relief bill that will dedicate billions of dollars towards free testing, unemployment insurance, paid sick leave and other resources to address the hardship, on Friday. Trump declared a national emergency on Friday, has said he will sign the bill after the Senate passes it on Monday.
Thanks Zion for showing the way!