Kevin Durant isn’t the only generous athlete. Los Angeles Dodgers outfield Matt Kemp donated $250,000 today to help Moore, Oklahoma rebuild after the devastating tornadoes last week.
This is the second time this week that Kemp has offered to help the victims in Oklahoma. On Monday, Kemp said that he would donate $1000 for every home run he hit from now until the All-Star break.
Some people criticized Kemp for the unusual gesture, saying that he was trying to turn the tragedy into some popularity boost, but the baseball player said that his heart is in the right place. Kemp said today that he would be donating $250,000 to the relief effort in addition to the home-run based donations that he has already pledged.
Kemp said: “Dear Families of OKC, On Monday, out of concern and emotion I committed $1,000.00 for every home run I hit until the All-Star Break. It was a quick and small gesture in advance of what I knew would be my greater contribution through your rebuilding process. I am keeping my pledge and in addition, donating $250,000.00. May God bless you through this and the many generous donations coming to your aid. -Matt Kemp #PrayforOklahoma.”
I’m giving $1000 for tonight’s HR and every HR until the All-Star break for the victims of my hometown in OKC. #PrayforOklahoma
— Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) May 21, 2013
Kemp also inspired a few other players to join the home run challenge.
I will join my Lil bro @therealmattkemp in his efforts to raise money for the victims in Oklahoma. I will donate $1000 for every HR I hit.
— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) May 22, 2013
News of Matt Kemp’s $250,000 donation comes a day after Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant announced that he was donating $1 million to the relief effort.
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