Deandre Ayton is heading into his second season with the Phoenix Suns, and it will also be his fifth year living in Arizona after playing a season of college basketball in Tucson and finishing high school in the Phoenix area.
But Ayton has never forgotten where he came from, even more so now that his native Bahamas are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
To help aid with the relief efforts on the islands where he lived until age 12, Ayton announced Friday he has pledged $100,000 toward the cause.
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Thank you to everyone for reaching out with their prayers and concern. It's been a rough few days checking in on family and friends back home and thankfully everyone is ok. The damage back home is devastating and my heart goes out to my fellow Bahamians as we deal with the effects of Hurricane Dorian. My family and I have been working to determine how best to support now and going forward. We’ll be pledging $100K toward various relief efforts while we continue to work through long term support with the NBA Family and my partners. We are also asking Suns fans and those in the Phoenix area to please join us Tuesday, September 10th where we'll be working with the Suns to collect much needed supplies and donations. More details to come on time and location ASAP. Please give as much or as little as you can. Items to be collected: Toiletries, diapers, baby wipes, first aid kits, cleaning supplies, canned goods, box fans, leather work gloves, hand sanitizer, non-perishable food, water, generators (no clothes) and monetary donations. More info to come for those who can’t come out locally but wish to support. Thank you and blessing
Ayton is also asking those in Phoenix to lend their support through donations and supplies. He said he’s working with the Suns to set up an event on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at a site to be determined where items can be dropped off.