Hurricane Dorian: Current and former NBA players react to storm hitting the Bahamas
Several players with connections to the Bahamas weighed in on the storm
Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas earlier this week and left citizens of the country in desperate need of supplies. Since the hurricane hit as a category 5 storm, athletes have weighed in on the tragedy and some have even offered assistance for the country.
Sacramento Kings star guard Buddy Hield originally hails from the Bahamas and grew up in Freeport on Grand Bahama island before coming to the United States to finish his high school career at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas. Hield pledged to donate $100,000 out of his own pocket to help Hurricane Dorian relief efforts and even started a GoFundMe campaign to "raise money for those who need so much."
"So today I'm donating $100,000 to Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas," Hield said in the video. "I'd like to ask you, the public at large, to join me in bringing a sense of hope. No matter the amount, we are always stronger when we work together. I've started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for those who need so much. Every dollar raised will go towards the devastated islands of Grand Bahamas and Abaco. Together, our donations can help restore hope, life and basic human needs to these battered areas over the next year.
"I appreciate your prayers, love and donations for the Bahamas. Thank you guys so much or helping the Bahamas get back to a better place."
Hield hopes to raise $1 million from the GoFundMe campaign to help the devastation.
Red Cross spokesman Matthew Cochrane stated that more than 13,000 houses and 45 percent of the homes in the Bahamas have been "severely damaged or destroyed." The Red Cross also revealed that about 62,000 residents are going to need clean drinking water in the near future.
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon also offered his thoughts and prayers to all of those affected in the Bahamas. In addition, Gordon tweeted that he was thinking about the first responders that are putting their lives in danger to help those in the area.
Former Los Angeles Lakers small forward Rick Fox, who was born in Canada, but spent some of his youth in the Bahamas, retweeted Hield's video and urged people around the world to donate to help out the Bahamas.
Hurricane Dorian is set to threaten North Carolina and South Carolina after a near miss in Florida, following its track through the Bahamas.
CBS Sports HQ Daily Newsletter
Get the best highlights and stories - yeah, just the good stuff handpicked by our team to start your day.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
The Rockets know that their time to win an NBA title is now
There are likely multiple reasons for this, and hey, it's great news for the fans
Simmons has yet to make a three point shot in his NBA career
The league is looking to crack down on player-to-player, as well as team tampering
The Knicks' front office didn't act like previous regimes would have, but how should we evaluate...
The 76ers unveil another new jersey that they'll wear for the upcoming 2019-20 season