NBA Legend Tim Duncan Writes An Impassioned Plea For The U.S. Virgin Islands
The former San Antonio Spurs great writes a letter to fans and others to not forget about his “hurricane-battered” U.S. Virgin Islands home.
San Antonio, Texas might have been Tim Duncan’s place of residence for almost two decades, but his home has and will always be the U.S. Virgin Islands. The former NBA power forward wrote a letter to The Player’s Tribune to make a plea for people to not forget about the people who are suffering after Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the area.
“Very catastrophic,” was how Duncan described the effects of Hurricane Irma, which barrelled through the Caribbean last week. The island of St. Thomas had several people lose their lives, as buildings such as a hospital, a fire station and an airport were destroyed. On St. John, houses were reported to be “flying away” when Irma struck.
Duncan, who is born-and-raised in St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, said that his “old friends” and other islanders were suffering in the aftermath of the deadly storm. “I’ve been thinking a lot about my old neighborhood in St. Croix, where I recently took my kids,” Duncan wrote for the site. “I showed them where I used to play with my friends when I was their age. I showed them my high school. Now, I am asking myself, ‘What will still be there after the storms?’”
He’s already donated $250,000 to Hurricane Irma relief efforts for the U.S. Virgin Islands and pledged to match contributions that total up to $1 million. As of Sunday morning, that amount had almost been reached for his relief fund. “I’m not normally one to speak directly in the media, or write stuff publicly. So I’m a little out of my comfort zone here,” Duncan wrote in the article. “But here I am, talking right to you, asking you for a favor. I promise I wouldn’t be asking if it didn’t matter so much.” Elsewhere in the piece, Duncan described the experience of weathering Hurricane Hugo when he was a teenager. He spoke of the terror he felt, huddled in a small bathroom with his mother and sister as his dad acted as lookout in the hallway while the storm intensified.
With every dollar planned to go directly to relief efforts, Duncan promised that as soon as the weather breaks he’d be “chartering an airplane full of supplies from San Antonio to St. Croix.”
Source: The Player’s Tribune