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Star player Devin Booker makes $2.5M pledge to Phoenix Suns Charities

Jan 15, 2019, 4:19 AM
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(AP Photo/Nick Wass)
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

PHOENIX – Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker is making a huge assist off the court by pledging $2.5 million to the team’s charity foundation.

“As a leader, I feel like it’s my duty and my responsibility to give back to the community that we represent,” Booker said Friday while announcing the gift at the Jump Ball, an annual Phoenix Suns Charities gala.

Booker said he will donate $500,000 each of the next five years.

“Every year, the Phoenix Suns Charities board of directors are going to pick what we’re calling the starting five, and we’re going to find five deserving nonprofit organizations, give them $100,000 each to help them continue doing what they’re doing in Arizona for the kids and the families that are in need,” he said.

The pledge caught the eye of one of the NBA’s biggest superstars, two-time MVP Stephen Curry, who tweeted his approval.

During the 2018 offseason, Booker signed the largest contract in Suns history, a five-year extension worth $158 million.

In 2017, he purchased a $3.2 million home in Paradise Valley.

The Suns drafted Booker out of Kentucky in 2015, and he’s on pace to lead the team in scoring for the third consecutive season.

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Star player Devin Booker makes $2.5M pledge to Phoenix Suns Charities