SAN ANTONIO - Spurs great Tim Duncan was a guest on ESPN’s "Mike & Mike" morning show on Tuesday, and spoke about his latest relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Irma.
The Category 5 hurricane slammed into the U.S. Virgin Islands and devastated several towns and neighborhoods.
Duncan, who was born and raised St. Croix, wrote an article on Friday for the Players’ Tribune titled “Don’t Forget About the Islands,” which went into detail about Duncan’s life after Hurricane Hugo hit St. Croix when he was 13 years old.
Duncan said it took over a year before life went back to normal on the island and said his parents were amazing throughout the recovery process.
Duncan also said there were several people that helped after Hugo hit the islands, and asked for support in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
“It takes me back to when I was a kid, growing up and having to go through that,” Duncan said on "Mike & Mike." “What’s needed and how long it takes to get back to a normal life.”
Since the article was posted, Duncan has teamed up with the San Antonio Food Bank to collect supplies and donations for victims of Hurricane Irma.
He set up a fundraiser on youcaring.com that as of Tuesday has raised more than $2 million for hurricane relief. Duncan pledged to match donations up to $1 million.
Duncan has set up two H-E-B locations to accept material donations. Donation collection sites will be open on Tuesday until 7 p.m.
H-E-B at 17238 Bulverde Road
H-E-B at 4100 South New Braunfels Avenue
Duncan also said Tuesday he is working on the logistics to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands as soon as possible to deliver donations and goods himself.
“I didn’t know then as a 13-year-old kid, but there are people putting relief together, getting workers down there, getting food and supplies to help us get through that time,” Duncan said. “I’m just trying to be that guy now.”
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