An incredibly kind gesture from Zion Williamson during a crisis. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

As the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic with pro sports suspended, many are stepping up to help others during a time of need.

On Friday, New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson made the incredible announcement that he will cover the salaries for all of the Pelicans’ arena staff workers for the next 30 days during the NBA’s indefinite suspension.

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The people of New Orleans have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I was Drafted by the Pels last June, and some of the most special people I have met are those who work at smoothie King Center. These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization. Unfortunately, many of them are still recovering from long term challenges created by Katrina, and now face the economic impact of the postponement of games because of the virus. My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful for others and being grateful for what we have, and so today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all of those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days. This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis. This is an incredibly resilient city full of some of the most resilient people, but sometimes providing a little extra assistance can make things a little easier for the community.

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While many have talked about how players and teams are impacted by the NBA shutting down indefinitely due to the coronavirus, workers in the stadium are hurt even more by it.

Many stadium employees rely on the paychecks they receive for their incredible work to make the fans’ experience enjoyable. Now with the NBA season suspended indefinitely, those same employees are without paychecks.

Fortunately, players like Williamson, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo and Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love are stepping up with incredible generations to help these people.

During a time of so much uncertainty and even fear, it’s great to see many stepping up to help those who are less fortunate. Let’s hope more NBA owners join in Mark Cuban’s footsteps and look to help out their employees.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.



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