Jazz guard Mike Conley donates $200K to help Utah, other communities during pandemic

Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) drives around Indiana Pacers guard T.J. McConnell (9) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley donated $200,000 to benefit five communities, including Utah, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Conley's donation will help address food insecurity, homelessness and remote learning needs exacerbated by COVID-19, according to a press release.

The contribution will be distributed between "communities that have shaped him," including the Utah Food Bank in Salt Lake City; CodeCrew in Memphis, Tenn.; Community Shelter Board and the Columbus Urban League in Columbus, Ohio; the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation in Indianapolis; and the New Haven Missionary Baptist Church in West Helena, Ark.

Conley's donation will provide the equivalent of more than 194,000 meals in Utah. It will also help the local food bank continue to send increased amounts of products to its 182 partner agencies statewide, and offset transportation costs.

“Giving back and helping others is very important to me. The COVID-19 crisis has allowed me to slow down and appreciate who I am and where I am in life,” Conley stated in a press release.

It has reminded me that I am in this position because of the support and sacrifices of others I’ve encountered all along the way. I wanted to be there for the communities that have been fundamental to my personal growth and are now suffering due to the effects of this pandemic. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

The Utah Jazz guard won the NBA HORSE Challenge last month, which included a donation from State Farm of more than $200,000 to charities focused on coronavirus response efforts.

Conley also read Fox in Socks online to benefit the Save with Stories campaign in response to the needs of children during school closures.