It is impossible to bring back all of the homes and lives lost as a result of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear emergency that has plagued Japan over the past month but NBA players, including members of the Atlanta Hawks, are doing everything they can to help the ravaged country recover.
Al Horford is leading the way for Atlanta as he has agreed to donate $1,000 for every point he scores in Atlanta’s game last night against the New Jersey Nets and tonight’s contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Horford got things started off right scoring 23 points off of 9-16 shooting from the field as the Hawks earned a 98-87 win over the Nets.
The All-Star forward said he felt motivated by his latest humanitarian effort.
“It felt great,” Horford said. “I definitely came out a little more aggressive than normal. I told the guys I was trying to get 30 but I’ll take .”
Jason Collins and Etan Thomas are also getting involved in the relief effort and are both making donations.
Collins, a native of California, said he is particularly sympathetic those effected by the recent events in Japan given his background growing up in the San Fernando Valley.
In 1994, the area was hit with an earthquake that measured a 6.7 on the richter scale and caused 57 deaths, over 5,000 injuries and an estimated $20 billion in property damage. The Collins family, was one of many that found themselves displaced so it comes as no surprise that Jason Collins was on board to help out in the current relief effort.
“I grew up in California so I know a lot about earthquakes,” Collins said. “I remember when the Northridge Earthquake hit and I can only imagine how much stronger the earthquake in Japan was because the Northridge earthquake was huge.”
Donations will be handed over to Direct Relief International’s Japan Relief and Recovery Fund which was formed with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Direct Relief will work with local authorities best situated to assess, respond and prepare for the long term recovery.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, JaVale McGee, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook are also donating $1,000 for every point they score from March 25-27 while DJ Augustin, Jarron Collins, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Tyreke Evans, Danilo Gallinari, Xavier Henry, Antawn Jamison, Jason Kapono, Quincy Pondexter, Brian Scalabrine, and Ben Wallace are all making set donations.