As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, people across the world are coming together to help those in need. On Friday, Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond was the latest to join that effort, donating more than $160,000 to help those impacted by the virus.
Cavaliers center Andre Drummond has donated $60,000 to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse staff, $100,000 to Middlesex Health’s Emergency Response Fund, and more than 10,000 JBL headphones to students in Cleveland and Detroit, per league sources.— Evan Dammarell (@AmNotEvan) April 17, 2020
Drummond’s biggest contribution went to his home state of Connecticut. The Middletown native starred at Capital Prep in Hartford before heading to UConn as the No. 1 recruit in the country. Although Drummond spent just one season in Storrs, he has frequently returned to Middletown to give back to the community. This time, he donated $100,000 to Middlesex Health’s Emergency Response Fund. Drummond’s mother worked for Middlesex Health for a number of years before she became his manager.
On top of that, Drummond contributed $60,000 to help pay the staff at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, the home arena of the Cavaliers. He also partnered with JBL audio to donate over 10,000 headphones in Cleveland and Detroit, where he played eight seasons with the Pistons, to help facilitate online learning for students in need with schools closed due to the virus.
While it’s still a scary time in the world, donations from those such as Drummond not only make things easier for folks impacted by the virus, but draw more awareness to worthy causes and help facilitate more donations.
If the NBA season does end up resuming, Drummond will likely pick up right where he left off as one of the best rebounders in the league. He’s once again in the midst of another solid season, averaging 17.5 points and 11.1 rebounds after his midseason trade to the Cavs.