Updated Sunday, March 15, 9:26 a.m.
Following Giannis Antetokounmpo’s promise to donate $100,000 to Fiserv Forum workers affected by work stoppages Friday, the entire Milwaukee Bucks roster has pledged to contribute to a fund assisting employees.
The Milwaukee Bucks organization will match all donations, the team tweeted Saturday. The funds will reportedly assist employees during the 30-day cancellation, which includes at least 10 Bucks home games.
Friday on Twitter, Antetokounmpo announced he and his family would donate $100,000 to Fiserv Forum workers not able to work due to recent COVID-19 cancellations.
“We can get through this together!” the MVP wrote in a tweet.
Following the announcement, the Milwaukee Bucks pledged to match Antetokounmpo’s gift, tweeting “the Bucks organization is proud to match all Bucks player donations to part-time arena workers.”
Then, later Friday night, Antetokounmpo’s teammate Khris Middleton announced he would contribute an additional $100,000, matching the original donation.
The Fiserv Forum will be unusually quiet in the coming weeks. The NBA announced Wednesday it would indefinitely suspend the basketball season, due to concerns over coronavirus. Numerous Fiserv Forum concerts soon followed, as Live Nation and AEG halted concert tours.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Health Department has advised organizers to cancel events with 250 or more expected attendees. Earlier today, Gov. Tony Evers mandated a statewide closure of all K-12 schools, both public and private, beginning next Wednesday. For more closure information, refer to JSOnline’s comprehensive list.