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Tim Duncan Publishes Plea on The Players’ Tribune for Hurricane Help "Don't Forget About the Islands"

As we’ve learned within the last few weeks, some of the most catastrophic events can help bring communities together; while Hurricane Harvey rattled Houstonians, it also helped to bring many together. And now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, retired NBA star Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs is seeking solidarity for his home island of St. Croix of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With massive hurricanes wreaking havoc on islands throughout the Caribbean, Duncan reminded America how easy it is to forget the U.S. territories and the people that actually live there.

Now in his second year of retirement, Duncan has lived away from the media. But he finally spoke out in an open letter on the Players Tribune in Irma’s aftermath. In the letter, Duncan sought support for supplies, food and everything in between for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Starting off with $250,000, Duncan wrote he would match donations up to the first $1 million in hopes to have the same affect that someone like JJ Watt has had.

Even getting support from his longtime teammate, Manu Ginobili.

In the letter, Duncan mentions he knows what something like this can do. ” I’ve lived through a hurricane before. I’ve seen its destruction. I’ve seen why getting help — immediate and sustained help — is so vital,” he wrote.

Social media and web publishing might not be everyone’s favorite tool, but it just goes to show just how easily anyone can use these tools for the greater good of a community. Tim Duncan stepping out of his comfort zone to raise awareness for his home speaks volumes about how respected he is in both the NBA community and in the Caribbean.

Let’s not forget about the Islands.

Luis Seijo

Texas State University | 👟🍴🏀👨🏻‍💻

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