Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will donate his $210,000 salary for Friday’s Heat game against the New York Knicks to Hurricane Sandy relief, per USA Today:
“It’s my favorite place to play,” Wade told USA TODAY Sports of the Garden. “But just knowing a lot of people here and knowing what they’ve been going through with no power, no water, no food … to me, it just seems like there’s bigger things to be concerned about than a basketball game.
“The money I make tonight can be left for a good cause,” he said. “I know a lot of people here. Knowing the things they have been through, it’s just mind-boggling. Miami is a place that is affected by hurricanes all the time so I know how the community can be impacted by it. It’s tough.”
Wade has been against playing at Madison Square Garden so soon after the superstorm had hit east coast earlier this week, damaging many cities in the process. The gesture to donate his salary for a greater cause shows that not all athletes have selfish motives. Despite their portrayed high-profile images, some actually care about the fans and what is going on around them.
The NBA postponed Thursday’s Nets-Knicks opener in Brooklyn but allowed Friday’s game to be played. The Heat are 1-0 after defeating the Celtics Tuesday. Friday will be the Knicks first game of the season.
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