The Glazer family, which owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the majority of Manchester United, have donated $1 million to the Red Cross for Hurricane Irma relief efforts.
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The hurricane swept through Florida over the weekend, causing power outages and destruction across the state, with areas like the Florida Keys being most devastated.
The Glazers joined a number of other figures from the sporting world looking to raise money for Hurricane Irma relief. Former NBA star Tim Duncan, for instance, began a YouCaring fundraising effort with a $250,000 contribution for relief efforts in the Virgin Islands, and at the time of publication had raised nearly $1.3 million.
"I'm blown away by it," Duncan said of the response to his fundraiser, per Michael C. Wright of ESPN.com. "In this day and age, it's a little easier to reach a lot of people, and people have come out from everywhere. I've looked down the list of donors, and I've recognized some names. I've gotten support from the Spurs, H-E-B and the food bank—all across the board. It's just been an amazing response."
A number of other colleges and professional teams have lent a hand to teams and fans from Florida during the storm as well. The Atlanta Braves, for instance, donated 18,562 free tickets to Florida evacuees during their four-game series against the Miami Marlins over the weekend, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.