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Tim Duncan donates $250K to help Virgin Islands, pledges to match up to $1 million

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Dec 18, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Former San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan speaks during a ceremony to retire his No. 21jersey after an NBA basketball game between the Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans at AT&T Center.  Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Duncan was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and grew up there before becoming an NBA star. Hurricane Irma did a ton of damage to his native home, and he’s working to help the relief effort as Hurricane Jose bears down on the islands right in Irma’s wake.

In a short essay in The Players’ Tribune Friday evening, Duncan revealed he’s personally donated $ 250,000 to the relief efforts. He also said he will match up to $ 1 million in donations, urging people to help him in this effort.

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“I know not everyone can give, and that’s O.K. — after all, a lot of you just got done giving financial support to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the fires on the West Coast. But if you’re able, here’s what I can promise: Every dollar donated will go directly to relief efforts on the ground. Starting as soon as the weather permits, I’ll be chartering an airplane full of supplies from San Antonio to St. Croix, the biggest town in the Virgin Islands. And I’m already busy putting together a team — some from the Virgin Islands and some who will fly in from elsewhere — to help manage the relief effort.”

If you are interested in joining Duncan to help the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands, please click here to donate to his YouCaring account.

J.J. Watt recently started a campaign using similar methods, though he’s active on social media so he got the message out that way. To date, he’s helped raise nearly $ 30 million to help the people of Houston, Texas. Let’s all step up and see if we can help Duncan achieve a similar success story in his efforts to assist those in dire need in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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