NBA basketball player Jrue Holiday and his wife, Lauren, said Wednesday that they plan to donate about $5 million to social justice causes, including $1 million that will benefit not-for-profits in Indianapolis.
The $5 million represents how much Jrue Holiday is expected to earn the rest of the season as a guard for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Lauren, a former U.S. national team soccer player and two-time Olympic gold medalist, was born and raised in Indianapolis as Lauren Cheney and graduated from Ben Davis High School.
The Holidays said the donation will support local Black-led not-for-profit organizations, city-wide initiatives that seek to bring about equitable outcomes for minority communities, historically black colleges and universities, and Black-owned small businesses.
Most of the money will be split between recipients in New Orleans, Los Angeles and Indianapolis, but $1 million will be awarded to Black-owned small business owners in more than 10 U.S. cities.
“We are proud to partner with Jrue and Lauren Holiday as they work to enhance equity and opportunity for Black and Brown communities,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said in written remarks. “Indianapolis is Lauren’s hometown and her commitment to our city can have ripple effects that enhance Indianapolis neighborhoods, businesses, and organizations for years to come. It’s my hope that the Holiday’s generosity will inspire others, encouraging all those who consider Indianapolis home to invest in furthering economic justice for communities of color.”
The Holidays said they are using Resilia, a technology platform, to identify organizations that fit certain criteria for their initial gifts and increase transparency.
Not-for-profits and Black-owned small businesses seeking donations can apply online at www.JLHFund.org.