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Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday will donate money to New Orleans tornado relief efforts when Pelicans play Spurs March 3

by Doug Tatum
Vice president of digital media

March 1, 2017

New Orleans – New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday, now in his fourth season with the team, has committed to back his stellar on court accomplishments with a financial contribution dedicated to assisting those in immediate need as a result of several devastating tornadoes that impacted New Orleans on February 7, 2017.

Holiday, a native of Chatsworth, Calif., has pledged $1,000 per point and assist when the Pelicans play host to the San Antonio Spurs in front of a national television audience (ESPN; 8:30 pm) on Friday, March 3 at the Smoothie King Center.

Holiday is working in conjunction with The Greater New Orleans Foundation to aide those that were most severely impacted by the tornadoes.

“It’s a shame that in the matter of minutes these storms produced such violent tornadoes that literally upended the lives of so many residents of New Orleans,” said Holiday. “This financial pledge is a unique way I thought of that can have a positive impact on some of the peoples’ lives and help them get back on their feet and assist them in getting their lives back in order. It’s a blessing that nobody lost their lives in the tornadoes, but that doesn’t mean the work is done. I’ve been impressed with how our city and its residents have responded to those in need and this is my way of helping out.”

New Orleans Pelicans President Dennis Lauscha lauded Holiday’s generosity by stating, “This is a truly moving act of kindness and a significant gesture on Jrue’s part and it bears witness to the importance that our players put on their relationship with New Orleans. In no way was he prompted to do this, instead this came directly from his heart and it’s touching to know that he and his family deeply care about those that have lost so much.”

Holiday’s announcement comes at a time in the season where he has been lighting up the score sheet, as he averaged 19.9 points per game, 8.4 assists and 6.3 rebounds with 2.1 steals in x outings in February. The Greater New Orleans Foundation Tornado Relief Fund was created to support nonprofit organizations in the Greater New Orleans area to provide assistance to families who suffered catastrophic losses due to the devastation wreaked by the tornados in various neighborhoods throughout the region.

“We are extremely grateful and thankful to Jrue Holiday for his generosity and thoughtfulness and his rapid response to the members of our community that have lost so much,” said Andy Kopplin, president & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “His contribution will go directly to aiding the hundreds of families that suffered significant losses due to the tornadoes.”

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