Tim Duncan pledges to match $1 million for U.S. Virgin Islands relief

NBA legend asks for donations to help his hometown after Hurricane Irma

NBA.com staff reports

Former San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan has never been one to say much, but there was something important he wanted to publicly address — and request — on Friday evening.

Help for his hometown in need.

The U.S. Virgin Islands suffered severe damage due to Hurricane Irma and is bracing for another Category 5 storm, Hurricane Jose, that weather reports say is close behind. Duncan, who grew up in the Virgin Islands before moving to the United States for college in 1993, mentions in The Player’s Tribune he has already donated $250,000 and pledges to match “donations up to the first $1 million.”

I know not everyone can give, and that’s O.K. — after all, a lot of you just got done giving financial support to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and the fires on the West Coast. But if you’re able, here’s what I can promise: Every dollar donated will go directly to relief efforts on the ground. Starting as soon as the weather permits, I’ll be chartering an airplane full of supplies from San Antonio to St. Croix, the biggest town in the Virgin Islands. And I’m already busy putting together a team — some from the Virgin Islands and some who will fly in from elsewhere — to help manage the relief effort.

Deaths have been reported and properties have been destroyed due to the massive hurricane in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Duncan asks that donations be made here.