NBA star Jrue Holiday donates remaining 2020 salary to social justice fund

Dec 13, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) brings the ball up court against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans star Jrue Holiday has announced he is donating his salary for the rest of the NBA 2019-2020 season to help launch a social justice fund.

Holiday posted on Instagram, along with the logo to The Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Justice Impact Fund, a collaboration with his wife and former U.S. women’s soccer team player Lauren Holiday: “Today we announced that I have pledged the remainder of my 2020 NBA salary as a progressive step toward combating systemic racism as well as social and economic inequality that continues to prevent Black communities from upward mobility.”

Reports suggest that the fund will assist “Black-led nonprofits, programs and institutions of higher learning” in New Orleans, as well as the Los Angeles area and Indianapolis, where Jrue Holiday and Lauren Holiday are from, respectively.

The National Basketball Players Association estimates that Jrue could earn up to $5.3 million between the eight regular-season games and potential playoff games.

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