Brooklyn Nets superstar point guard Kyrie Irving, along with Nike, has donated 17 pallets of food and 50,000 N95 masks to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that will be distributed across a wide expanse of North and South Dakota, per Nets Daily.
Irving’s late mother, Elizabeth Ann Larson, was a member of the tribe:
Irving’s late mother, Elizabeth Ann Larson, was a member of the tribe and lived on the reservation until her adoption at a young age. Irving and his sister, model Asia Irving, traveled to the reservation in August 2018, when they were welcomed into the tribe and given Lakota names. (Irving was given the Lakota name Little Mountain.)
“We would like to say Wopila Tanka (thank you) to our relative Kyrie Irving for giving back in such a trying time,” the tribe said in a post on its Twitter page.
“There’s not a lot of people who would just go out of there way to donate to people. With us at Standing Rock, we’ve been grateful because a lot of people are reaching out and wanting to help in any way they can and it’s just,” said Shauna Long, internal affairs director for the tribe.
“It’s honestly. It leaves you a little speechless because you realize that people outside of here care about our people just as passionately as we do and that’s awesome,”
This is a great gesture by the Nets superstar, who continues to use his platform for good.
Before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended due to COVID-19, the Nets were in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 30-34.
Irving was only able to play in 20 games this season because of a shoulder injury. The six-time All-Star averaged 27.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists in his first season back home with the Nets. Irving grew up in New Jersey and was a huge Nets fan as a kid.
Brooklyn will be title contenders whenever the 2020-21 season starts. Two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant will be in the Nets' lineup alongside Irving.