Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon has opened his pockets to give back to the population of the Bahamas following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian.
Eric Gordon has roots tracing back to the Bahamas. In addition to several of his relatives currently living there, his mother was also born in the islands. It’s not surprising, then, that the Houston Rockets guard has decided to open a fundraiser to help the Bahamas following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian.
Gordon has donated $50,000 and hopes to raise even more money for Bahamians, according to Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle. Not only is this a generous deed, but it’s also a classy move, considering the fact that his family was luckily unscathed by the storm. Gordon is genuinely contributing from the bottom of his heart and it is great to see him open his pockets for the sake of an entire population.
The damage caused by the storm was catastrophic. As USA Today reported, there are still 15,000 people without food or shelter in the Bahamas. Making matters worse is the fact that there are 1300 Bahamians still missing and 70,000 people who have lost everything, CNN reported.
Dorian made landfall as a Category 5 storm, becoming one of the strongest storms to ever hit the Bahamas. It posted wind speeds of 185 miles per hour, tying for the strongest landfall on record, according to Ian Livingston of the Washington Post.
Gordon’s kind gesture adds to an offseason in which the Rockets have shown their generosity off the court. Earlier this summer, Russell Westbrook opened up the Westbrook/Brownstein Green Tech Program to benefit at-risk youth.
In addition, James Harden recently donated $10,000 to a struggling family in the Bahamas and another $240,000 to help rebuild some of Houston’s basketball courts that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.
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The Houston Rockets are stepping up in all kinds of ways this summer. Kudos to Eric Gordon for adding himself to the growing list of Rockets that are doing what they can for communities in need and making a difference outside of basketball.