Rudy Gobert donates $500K for coronavirus relief in Utah and abroad

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) celebrates a dunk against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Star Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, is donating $500,000 to virus relief efforts, the Jazz announced on Saturday.

According to the Jazz, $200,000 of Gobert's money will contribute relief for the more than 800 part-time employees at Vivint Smart Home Arena, where concerts and events have been postponed in an effort to stop the spread of the virus in Utah.

The NBA season was suspended after Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for the virus. Concerts at the arena through April were postponed, including Post Malone, Celine Dion, Cher, and JoJo Sewa.

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The remainder of the $500,000 will be used toward other relief efforts in Utah, Oklahoma, and in France, his home country:

  • $100,000 to assist families affected by COVID-19 in Utah and Oklahoma City
  • 100,000 euros to relief efforts in France

The money could go toward things like childcare assistance to health care workers as well as for caregivers to the elderly, according to the Jazz.

“I know there are countless ways that people have been impacted," Gobert states in a press release. "These donations are a small token that reflect my appreciation and support for all those impacted and are the first of many steps I will take to try and make a positive difference, while continuing to learn more about COVID-19 and educate others."

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