It has been announced that Pau Gasol will donate $1,000 per point, for tonight’s game against the Clippers. The amount Gasol earns will go to help the relief efforts in Japan.
19 other players, including Pau’s brother Marc Gasol, have decided to donate to Direct Relief International, which “supports the immediate health needs of people by working with local authorities best situated to assess, respond and prepare for the long-term recovery,” according to the nonprofit’s website.
Gasol, shared his thoughts with Lakers.com on Thursday:
“When natural disaster like that occurs, I think it affects us all. You never know where it’s going to happen next, or if it’s going to happen to somebody close to you, related to you or yourself. The world has to team up and get together and help and support, and that’s why I knew I was going to do something. It was just a matter of how and when, and when I learned about the Direct Relief International and what they were doing, supplying medical supplies and financial support right away and making a difference, I thought it was the right fit. That’s why I’m going to donate $1,000 for each point I score in tomorrow’s game, and I’m proud to join a few other NBA players that are also part of this initiative.”
The official death toll from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has exceeded 10,000 people, with even more missing.
Gasol is no stranger to donating to a good cause. Last year Pau also donated $1,000 per point, in a game against the Knicks, to help the relief efforts in Haiti. Gasol scored 20 points in that game going 7/10 from the field.
NOTE: Magic Johnson tweeted on Friday afternoon: “I will match the $1,000 per point Gasol scores tonight to donate to Japan relief.”