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New York Sports Teams Step Up to Coronavirus Crisis

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New York Sports Teams Step Up to Coronavirus Crisis

Real New Yorkers root for any local team that makes our city proud. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, all NYC sports rivalries are on hold as leagues, teams, executives and athletes band together in the fight to stock supplies, support communities, and save lives. See how New York’s professional sports teams are contributing to the cause: 

New York Jets

Gang Green and the family of CEO Christopher Johnson donated a joint $1 million to the United Way of New York City’s COVID-19 Community Fund, the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s ALICE Recovery Fund and the United Way of Long Island’s United Together: A Response Fund for COVID-19.

New York Giants

Big Blue is funding a program to provide childcare at no cost to emergency response personnel at the Meadowlands YMCA during the coronavirus crisis. The funding allows the YMCA to expand its daycare program during this difficult time.

New York Yankees / New York City Football Club

Among the many affected by the economic fallout of a lockdown are events workers for sports teams. The New York Yankees and New York City Football Club are providing assistance to full-time and part-time game day staff members at Yankee Stadium as part of the teams’ $1.4 million COVID-19 Disaster Relief Program.

New York Mets

While Queens battles through what many consider to be the brunt of New York’s coronavirus outbreak, the borough’s beloved home team, the New York Mets, announced a $1.2 million COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Fund for employees who have not been able to work because of Major League Baseball’s season suspension.

 New York Rangers

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and his wife, Therese, donated $100,000 through a grant from the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation to the Food Bank for New York City, good for approximately 68,000 meals provided to 8,000 children and their families in NYC. They are also accepting donations to be matched by the foundation.

New York Islanders

National Hockey League donations appear to be driven by players themselves, an uplifting trend reminding us that athletes are humans who share our journey in life. The pride of Long Island, the New York Islanders, gave all credit to the crew for donating over 3,000 N95 masks to Northwell Health.

 

New Jersey Devils

Through a six-figure donation from New Jersey Devils co-owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest healthcare system, is able to supply medical equipment to its 35,000 employees. Harris and Blitzer are also paying Prudential Center staff during the NHL shutdown.

New York Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer are working to assist NYC area healthcare and service organizations on the front lines as well as local small businesses alongside the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund and team partners.

New York Knicks

James Dolan, owner of the New York Knicks and executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Company, has vowed to pay MSG events staff through at least May 3. Dolan, himself, previously tested positive for coronavirus.

Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai liaised directly with the Chinese government to facilitate an order of 1,000 ventilators that arrived at JFK Airport virtually overnight to fill a looming gap in New York’s stockpile of the life-saving devices, this after Tsai previously donated another 1,000 ventilators to the Mount Sinai hospital system. He is also paying Barclays Center staff through May.

These efforts are just the highlights as countless contributions pour in from across the country and sports world, many from our pro and collegiate sports clients here at Duggal Visual Solutions. In times like this, one thing is clear: we are all on the same team.