During Tuesday’s blood drive event, Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown spoke about the team’s continued efforts to help save lives and focus on those on the front line.
The Houston Rockets haven’t had a game since March 10th, which is when they last secured a victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves, ending a four-game losing streak. NBA commissioner Adam Silver suspended the league’s operations just two days later, as the league had their first known COVID-19 case when Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The COVID-19 resulted in a global pandemic, which has led to 3.6 million cases worldwide and over 257,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. The greater Houston area has also been significantly impacted, as there have been 11, 429 total cases and 278 deaths, and Harris County has had the most active cases in the state among all counties with 6, 967 cases.
Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has certainly been active in seeking to exhaust all efforts to assist in the community, as he’s provided food to front line workers on a weekly basis and even created an employee relief fund for the employees who have been impacted at his businesses. The Rockets have also held multiple blood drives, including Tuesday’s event at the Toyota Center.
Rockets CEO Tad Brown spoke about the Rockets’ plight to help save lives during Tuesday’s blood drive.
“It’s such a special opportunity to work with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to make sure that we’re able to help save lives. We’ve been talking during this entire pandemic about we want to really focus on the things that are going to make the biggest impact to affect those in need.
It’s been very important to the Fertitta family, to Tilman, to our entire organization to make sure we’re taking care of people on the front lines, taking care of people who are the most in need for essentials for life. There’s nothing more important right now for the people that we’ve been talking to.”
Kudos to the Rockets for continuing to go above and beyond in their pursuit of helping those on the front line and seeking to find ways to help families that have been impacted by the COVID-19.