Al Horford Donates $500K to COVID-19 Relief Efforts in Dominican Republic, US

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2020

Philadelphia 76ers' Al Horford plays during an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Philadelphia 76ers veteran big man Al Horford made a big contribution Thursday to aid coronavirus relief efforts. 

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Horford is donating $500,000 for use in his native Dominican Republic, as well as each region of the United States in which he has played basketball.

Those regions include Michigan (high school), Gainesville, Florida (college), and the cities of Atlanta, Boston and Philadelphia, which are where he has played during his NBA career.

The 33-year-old Horford entered the NBA in 2007 as the No. 3 overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks. After nine successful seasons in Atlanta, he spent the next three with the Celtics, and then signed a four-year deal with the Sixers prior to the 2019-20 season.

Although Horford wasn't as productive as hoped this season before the campaign was suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak (12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists per game), the five-time All-Star could still be key to Philly's success down the stretch and in the playoffs if the season resumes.

Per CNN, nearly 217,000 of the almost 963,000 reported cases of coronavirus worldwide have come in the United States, which is the largest figure of any country. There are also nearly 1,300 reported cases in the Dominican Republic.

Numbers continue to climb worldwide, and every indication are that relief efforts will be needed for a fairly long time to come.

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It remains unclear if or when the NBA season will resume, but Horford and many other players are putting their free time to good use by helping those on battling the pandemic on the front lines.