Chicago Bulls: Denzel Valentine donates $10K to Lansing Food Bank

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The latest sizable donation from an NBA player on March 24 came from the Chicago Bulls fourth-year shooting guard Denzel Valentine.

The efforts to provide relief and support for the novel coronavirus pandemic domestically have even stemmed to the Chicago Bulls players. Shooting guard Zach LaVine already helped to make an impact on the COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts when he donated 12,500 meals in his hometown of Seattle, WA, last week.

On March 24, shooting guard Denzel Valentine joined the list of Bulls players that made some type of donation to help out in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. According to a report from Tim Staudt of WILX-10, Valentine donated $10,000 to the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

Valentine had this to say after telling WILX-10 of the donation to this food bank: “I make it big I’d give back in some way to the community.”

As a native of Lansing, MI, and a product of Sexton High School, Valentine was able to help out locally with this donation. He also played his college basketball in the area, under head coach Tom Izzo with the Michigan State Spartans.

The Greater Lansing Food Bank also posted on their Twitter timeline on March 24 thanking Valentine for the donation that he made this week. The Tweet quoted Valentine saying “my heart goes out to everyone in need. I want to give back right now to my home community”.

Valentine also responded to that Tweet from the GL Food Bank thanking him for his donation with a #517strong Quote Tweet.

There is a growing list of NBA players in general that are making sizable donations for various causes, namely for the COVID-19 relief efforts. Brooklyn Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving donated $323K to Feeding America and a separate 250K meals, in pairing with City Harvest, across the New York area.

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Valentine is in his fourth season in the NBA, all coming with the Bulls. He is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason. He was the Bulls first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, after he completed a very accomplished four-year career with the Michigan State basketball program.

And for more information on COVID-19, you can visit the CDC’s website.