Hawks' Trae Young Donates to Help Cancel $1M Medical Debt for Atlanta Residents

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2020

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 03: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks celebrates during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics  at TD Garden on January 03, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young has impressed on the court, and he is also making fans off the court with his generosity.

Young partnered with RIP Medical Debt and donated $10,000 through his foundation, which helped cancel $1,059,186.39 worth of medical debt in the greater Atlanta area, according to WSB-TV.

The canceled debt helped 570 people, targeting those who are insolvent, under the federal poverty level and/or had debt of 5 percent or more of their gross annual income.

"The city of Atlanta has welcomed me with open arms," Young said. "Giving back to this community is extremely important to me. I hope these families can find a bit of relief knowing that their bills have been taken care of as we enter the New Year."

The Oklahoma product is in his second year with the Hawks after being drafted fifth overall in 2018.

Young has more than lived up to expectations as a player, making the All-Rookie team last year while averaging 19.1 points and 8.1 assists per game. He has become an even bigger threat in 2019-20 with 28.9 points and 8.4 assists per game, both top-five in the NBA.

He has been one of the only bright spots on a roster that has struggled to an 8-29 record.

His play and his philanthropy are certain to have made Young a lot of fans in Atlanta.

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