Kings Guard Buddy Hield Donates $100,000 to Hurricane Dorian Relief in the Bahamas
As Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the Southeast coast of the United States, it leaves behind unprecedented devastation in the Bahamas. Rebuilding the island nation, following 48 hours stuck in the storm, looks to be a long and arduous task for residents, but Buddy Hield is doing his part to help. The sweet-shooting guard for the Sacramento Kings has donated $100,000 to his home country’s relief efforts and has begun a GoFundMe campaign to raise another $1,000,000 for those in need.
“My heart is broken for my fellow Bahamians, especially on the island I was raised on, Grand Bahama,” Buddy wrote on the home page of the Buddy Hield Foundation. “I personally know many people who still need rescuing, and there are thousands without medical help, power, food or other basic necessities. Bahamians are a strong people, but they still need our help to get them through this.”
The 26-year-old Freeport native left the Caribbean country while in high school to further his basketball career in the U.S. After two outstanding seasons at Sunrise Christian Academy near Wichita, Kansas, Buddy spent four years at the University of Oklahoma, where he became a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year and the 2016 Naismith College Player of the Year, en route to his selection as the No. 6 overall pick of the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2016 NBA draft.
Since going pro, Buddy has routinely returned to the Bahamas to spend portions of his summers working out, catching up with friends and family, and hosting basketball camps for kids.
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