CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets Foundation has donated $230,000 so far in COVID-19 relief funds, with the foundation set to donate an additional $20,000 to meet its 2020 goal.
Organization officials say last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hornets put a plan into action that included donating $250,000, 1,000 hours of volunteer service by employees, and developing a COVID-19 resource center online here.
In 2020, the foundation provided $100,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund established by United Way of Central Carolinas and Foundation For The Carolinas. The foundation also donated $25,000 each to three local nonprofits to help with immediate needs within the community.
The Charlotte Hornets Foundation has since donated $25,000 to Novant Health to purchase coronavirus testing supplies and to translate education materials into Spanish, $10,000 to the Phillis Foundation to help those who are homeless, $10,000 to Project BOLT to help provide food and school supplies to children, and $10,000 to buy face masks to be distributed in vulnerable communities.
Officials say the final three donations, yet to be made, will go to assist students who have suffered through the pandemic as they prepare for their futures.
The foundation will additionally donate $10,000 for the Hornets Venom GT Scholarship to go to an undergraduate student who is obtaining a minor in Esports & Gaming Management at Johnson C. Smith University, $5,000 to Carolina Youth Coalition to assist with a new bus for programming, and $5,000 to Sports Biz Camps to provide scholarships for students in low-income areas who are interested in attending college and moving on to a career in sports.
“We are proud of the impact we have been able to make in support of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Hornets President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield. “We are pleased to support these additional causes that help our younger neighbors as they look toward their futures and prepare for their lives after the pandemic.”