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Kevin Love pledges $100,000 to help pay for Cavs employees affected by coronavirus

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Kevin Love is committing $100,000 to help support Cleveland Cavaliers employees who may be impacted by the sudden Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak that forced the NBA to suspend the 2019-20 season, which is affecting the Cavs along with every other team.

Kevin Love wrote on Instagram:

“Pandemics are not just a medical phenomenon. They affect individuals and society on so many levels, with stigma and xenophobia being just two aspects of the impact of a pandemic outbreak. It’s important to know that those with a mental illness may be vulnerable to the effects of widespread panic and threat. Be kind to one another. Be understanding of their fears, regardless if you don’t feel the same. Be safe and make informed decisions during this time.”

You can read Kevin’s full post below, explaining what the Cavs’ star thinks:

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Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. And the fear and anxiety resulting from the recent outbreak of COVID-19 can be extremely overwhelming. Through the game of basketball, we've been able to address major issues and stand together as a progressive league that cares about the players, the fans, and the communities where we work. I'm concerned about the level of anxiety that everyone is feeling and that is why I'm committing $100,000 through the @KevinLoveFund in support of the @Cavs arena and support staff that had a sudden life shift due to the cancellation of the NBA season. I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities. Pandemics are not just a medical phenomenon. They affect individuals and society on so many levels, with stigma and xenophobia being just two aspects of the impact of a pandemic outbreak. It's important to know that those with a mental illness may be vulnerable to the effects of widespread panic and threat. Be kind to one another. Be understanding of their fears, regardless if you don't feel the same. Be safe and make informed decisions during this time. And I encourage everyone to take care of themselves and to reach out to others in need — whether that means supporting your local charities that are canceling events, or checking in on your colleagues and family.

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Kevin Love, part of the 2016 Cavs championship team, has been a leading advocate for mental health since his 2018 article in The Players Tribune in which he opened up about his struggles.

The Kevin Love Fund “aims to inspire people to live their healthiest lives while providing the tools to achieve physical & emotional well-being.” You can donate here. This pillar of the Cavs can use your support.

It isn’t just Kevin Love who is trying to be a positive presence. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban also pledged to look out for his organization’s employees during this period of shutdown.

“I reached out to the folks at the arena and our folks at the Mavs to find out what it would cost to support, financially support, people who aren’t going to be able to come to work…We’ve already started the process of having a program in place. I don’t have any details to give, but it’s certainly something that’s important to me.”

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