Atlanta Hawks second-year point guard Trae Young has reached into his checkbook and given generously to Buddy Hield’s fundraising campaign for the victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.
The 20-year-old Young donated $25,000 to the GoFundMe campaign set by the Sacramento Kings’ guard. Hield’s target is to reach $1,000,000 in donation that will be used for the relief efforts in his native Bahamas.
According to the report by Ben Stinar of Amico Hoops, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) will match Trae’s donation to Hield’s fundraiser.
Trae Young donated $25,000 to Buddy Hield’s Bahamas GoFundMe, and according to Hield’s Instagram the NBPA will match Trae’s $25,000 donation. pic.twitter.com/vk7AvRskW5
— Ben Stinar (@BenStinar) September 6, 2019
Young and Hield were both alumni of the Oklahoma Sooners. Trae attended Oklahoma for a single season, 2017-18, before declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft. Hield, on the other hand, played for the Sooners for four years — from 2012 to 2016 — before entering the 2016 draft and being selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the sixth pick in the first round.
Hield was born in the Bahamas and moved to the United States to attend a prep school in Kansas. The Caribbean island nation has been devastated by Hurricane Dorian, with the fortunate survivors of the storm fleeing homes and seeking shelter along with vital supplies like food and water. Portions of the islands are still under water, with mass floods posing extreme safety risks to citizens.
Young’s charitable contribution is just one of many ways to help Bahamians.