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Rudy Gobert is donating over $500,000 for COVID-related services

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) high fives Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) after having a foul called on him against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (Silas Walker, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz announced Saturday that Rudy Gobert is donating more than $500,000 in support of the employee relief fund at Vivint Smart Home Arena and relief services related to COVID-19 in Utah, Oklahoma City and the French health care system.

$200,000 of the pledged donation will go toward aid to part-time employees of the Vivint Smart Home Arena who are not able to work due to postponement of NBA games and other events.

Rudy Gobert is donating $100,000 euros will be donated to his native country of France and the rest of his contribution will go towards families affected by the virus in Utah and Oklahoma City.

Gobert said, “I am humbled by the tireless efforts and care of people around the globe for those affected by COVID-19, especially my own communities of Utah and France, in addition to my appreciation for the state of Oklahoma and my care there, and of course, my Utah Jazz family.”

The suspension of the 10 remaining Jazz games along with four concerts that are now postponed affects more than 800 part-time employees at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.


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