Duke basketball: Jayson Tatum makes donation to help combat COVID-19

Duke basketball alum Jayson Tatum (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Duke basketball alum Jayson Tatum (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

Former Duke basketball and current Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum has made a large donation to both his hometown of St. Louis and Boston to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Jayson Tatum is stepping up to help two cities that he holds very close to his heart in the brutal fight against the novel coronavirus.

Tatum, a St. Louis native and member of the Boston Celtics, is helping both cities in combatting the brutal aftershocks that COVID-19 has caused.

The former Duke Blue Devil announced on Instagram on Monday afternoon that he would be partnering with Feeding America and Lineage Logistics in their ‘Share A Meal’ campaign.

Tatum’s foundation, The Jayson Tatum Foundation, will match a $250,000 donation in the Boston area while partnering with his good friend and fellow St. Louis native, Bradley Beal, for another $250,000 donation in his home city.


Jayson Tatum also called upon his family, friends, and fans to help him support those affected by the coronavirus by donating to either city by using this link.

Tatum is not the first former Duke basketball player to make a donation or team up with Feeding America during this time period as Zion Williamson pledged to pay the salaries of the Smoothie King Center workers during the stoppage in the NBA, and Kyrie Irving partnered with Feeding America to help those in New York, the epicenter of the virus.

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The donations that Tatum is head-starting will go to serve those at The Greater Boston Food Bank, St. Louis Area Foodbank, and Feeding America.

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has confirmed over 2,000 cases of the coronavirus and 34 deaths connected to the disease. A total of 833 cases have been linked to St. Louis County and close to 300 in the city of St. Louis.

The Massachusetts Department of Health has confirmed over 12,500 cases throughout the state and over 2,000 in the city of Boston.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.