CHARACTER COUNTS

Devin Booker pledges to donate $2.5 million to Suns Charities

Jan 14, 2019, 5:18 PM
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)...
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Ever since he was drafted by the Suns back in 2015, Devin Booker has forged a strong bond with basketball fans in the Valley and all across Arizona.

On Friday, Booker announced that he would be giving back to these fans in a big way, as he revealed that he will be donating $2.5 million to Suns Charities over the next five years.

According to Booker, he and the Suns Charities Board of Directors will select a group of five non-profit organizations per year, which they are calling the “Starting Five”, and give them each $100,000 to help further their efforts in helping Arizona kids and families in need.

“As a leader, I feel like it’s my duty and my responsibility to give back to the community that we represent,” Booker said at the Suns’ “The Jump Ball” gala, where he made his announcement. “A lot of people look at basketball as just a bunch of guys that make a lot of money out there on the court, and it’s not that. It’s a lot bigger than that for us.”

On Twitter, Booker called the donation his favorite accomplishment of his career, and said that he is “blessed to be in the position to be able to give back and make an impact here on the community in Phoenix”.

This is not the first time that Booker has used his platform for good, as he previously partnered with non-profit charity Baby2Baby during All-Star weekend in Los Angeles last year to provide school supplies and clothes to kids in need.

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Character Counts

Photo courtesy: Phoenix Rising FC...
Nicholas Hodell

Rising FC surprises family of Phoenix Children’s patient with new car

Phoenix Rising FC surprised Phoenix Children's patient Raymundo and his family with a new car at halftime on Saturday.
8 days ago
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MARCH 30: Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball during the NBA game...
Nicholas Hodell

Suns G Chris Paul partners with Gopuff to assist underrepresented businesses

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul is helping underrepresented businesses and entrepreneurs through his partnership with Gopuff.
12 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta runs up the first base line after hitting a double off Colorado...
Character Counts

D-backs OF David Peralta nominated for Roberto Clemente Award

David Peralta got nominated for this award for the first time in his career after his involvement with various causes in the Valley.
15 days ago
(Phot from D-backs Give Back Twitter)...
Character Counts

D-backs launch Nicole Hazen Fund for Hope to support cancer research

The Diamondbacks started a fund to raise money for brain cancer research in general manager Mike Hazen's wife Nicole's name.
26 days ago
An Arizona Cardinals helmet on the grass during Arizona Cardinals training camp on July 30, 2021 at...
Nicholas Hodell

Cardinals create scholarship to honor kicker Krysten Muir

The Arizona Cardinals and the Desert Financial Foundation are partnering to present a scholarship to graduating Arizona high school seniors.
28 days ago
Phil Mickelson celebrates with the winnings after defeating Tiger Woods as Ernie Johnson looks on d...
Character Counts

TNT host Ernie Johnson’s speech to Alabama football has a touching message

Inside the NBA host Ernie Johnson shares a personal story to motivate the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.
2 months ago
Devin Booker pledges to donate $2.5 million to Suns Charities