Tim Duncan stepped up many times throughout his tenure for the San Antonio Spurs. He led the team to 5 NBA championships in his more than 20 years playing in San Antonio.
Recently, he's stepped up and lead relief efforts for his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In September 2017, the U.S. Virgin Islands were hit by two category-5 hurricanes that left a path of destruction behind them. Soon after, Duncan entered the spotlight for the first time since retiring in 2016 to help provide relief to the islands where he was born and raised.
In a new video released Wednesday, Duncan said that he reached out to H-E-B and the San Antonio Food Bank to donate aid to relief efforts. He also noted that FedEx donated two planes to fly supplies to the islands.
In the span of two weeks, Duncan and his team dropped 150,000 pounds of supplies at St. Thomas and 200,000 pounds to St. Croix. More than 6,000 pounds of medical supplies were donated to the islands.
In a statement released Wednesday, Duncan said that he felt compelled "to get off the retirement bench and engage a new team of all-stars, ones who could join me in bringing healing and hope to the battered islands of my home."
Duncan also urged people to continue to give, because more aid is still needed.
Read the full statement below:
"My life changed forever when category 5 Hurricane Hugo slammed into St. Croix in 1989. So when the USVI were hit by not one but two category 5 hurricanes in September of 2017, I felt the call to get off the retirement bench and engage a new team of all-stars, ones who could join me in bringing healing and hope to the battered islands of my home. Strangers that I never met or saw helped me and my family after the destruction of Hugo in 89’. Now the torch was passed.It was my turn to pay it back, my turn to be the healing."
Relief Fund Link: http://21usvihurricanehelp.com/
Donation Page: https://www.youcaring.com/21usvirginislandrelieffund-942738