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From Kevin Love

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

Hey, Ed here. This post is a bit different. It's an Instagram post by Kevin Love, a basketball player on the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was, I believe, the first big-name athlete to open up about his own mental health challenges. This post is his response to the NBA season being suspended. Love donated $100,000 to help hourly workers who would now lose paychecks because of the stoppage. Other players are now following suit. I love what Love wrote. It certainly fits with what seems to be his personal North Star.

"Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. And the fear and anxiety resulting from the recent outbreak of COVID-19 can be extremely overwhelming. Through the game of basketball, we've been able to address major issues and stand together as a progressive league that cares about the players, the fans, and the communities where we work. I'm concerned about the level of anxiety that everyone is feeling and that is why I'm committing $100,000 through the @KevinLoveFund in support of the @Cavs arena and support staff that had a sudden life shift due to the suspension of the NBA season. I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities. Pandemics are not just a medical phenomenon. They affect individuals and society on so many levels, with stigma and xenophobia being just two aspects of the impact of a pandemic outbreak. It's important to know that those with a mental illness may be vulnerable to the effects of widespread panic and threat. Be kind to one another. Be understanding of their fears, regardless if you don't feel the same. Be safe and make informed decisions during this time. And I encourage everyone to take care of themselves and to reach out to others in need -- whether that means supporting your local charities that are canceling events, or checking in on your colleagues and family."

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