Love explains $100K donation to Cavs' staff: They are part of my story
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Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love donated $100,000 through his foundation in early March to support team staff affected by the NBA's indefinite suspension.

The five-time All-Star has been a longtime advocate for mental health. Upon his donation, he thought about the stress and anxiety encountered by the Cavs' employees without work.

"A lot of these people are living paycheck to paycheck," Love said on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. "And these are people that are a part of - not only my story - but the Cavs organization, and you start to develop a first-name relationship with these people and start to ask about their family.

"You see them when you come into the arena. You see them when you leave the arena. So I thought it was important to just take care of people that have taken care of me (for) so long."

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Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. And the fear and anxiety resulting from the recent outbreak of COVID-19 can be extremely overwhelming. Through the game of basketball, we've been able to address major issues and stand together as a progressive league that cares about the players, the fans, and the communities where we work. I'm concerned about the level of anxiety that everyone is feeling and that is why I'm committing $100,000 through the @KevinLoveFund in support of the @Cavs arena and support staff that had a sudden life shift due to the suspension of the NBA season. I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities. Pandemics are not just a medical phenomenon. They affect individuals and society on so many levels, with stigma and xenophobia being just two aspects of the impact of a pandemic outbreak. It's important to know that those with a mental illness may be vulnerable to the effects of widespread panic and threat. Be kind to one another. Be understanding of their fears, regardless if you don't feel the same. Be safe and make informed decisions during this time. And I encourage everyone to take care of themselves and to reach out to others in need -- whether that means supporting your local charities that are canceling events, or checking in on your colleagues and family.

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The Cavs are currently "compensating all (arena) hourly and event staff team members as if every game and every event is still taking place."

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