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Donovan Mitchell Donates To Support School Meals During Closures

Mar 16, 2020, 8:59 AM | Updated: Jun 3, 2020, 12:37 pm

Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz looks on prior to the start of Game Three of Round Two of the...

Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz looks on prior to the start of Game Three of Round Two of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets at Vivint Smart Home Arena on May 4, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Jazz favorite Donovan Mitchell is donating to support students who need meals while schools are closed due to Coronavirus or COVID-19.

Mitchell is helping the students of Granite School District obtain a healthy meal at no charge while their schools are shut down.

“As we all navigate the challenges that have arisen with COVID-19, there are many people impacted. My mom’s career in education made me value children and the importance of academics, and I want to make sure that kids can continue to eat a meal while they can’t go to school,” Mitchell said.

His donation could help up to 10,040 students per day, according to a release from the Utah Jazz.

Any child under the age of 19, including preschool children, can show up at a designated site for a free meal.

Granite School District is one of the largest in Utah and according to the Jazz, it is a district that serves our state’s most vulnerable students – including a large population of refugee students.

“Our community is resilient and unified, and seeing how people have come together during this time makes me proud to represent this great state,” said Mitchell during an interview on morning television.

Donovan Mitchell And COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19 after teammate Rudy Gobert tested positive before the team’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, which was postponed and eventually canceled.

Gobert’s diagnosis spurred the NBA to suspend the season to keep players, personnel and fans safe.

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I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern and support over the last 24 hours. I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis…mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment. The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus . I am under great care and will fully recover. Thank you again for all your support. I encourage everyone to take all of the steps to stay safe and healthy. Love.

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Gobert pledged to help cover the expenses of Vivint Smart Home Arena employees while they are out of work during the coronavirus pandemic. He will donate $500,000 to Part-Time Employees and COVID-Related Services in Utah.

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