Cory Joseph hasn’t forgotten where he came from.
In a press release from Joseph’s current team, the Sacramento Kings, the former Raptors guard announced today he and his family are donating face shields to Toronto-area frontline workers in hospitals providing care for COVID-19 patients.
Joseph has teamed up with fellow Canadian, Kings assistant coach Roy Rana, as well as Frontier, Sunnybrook Foundation, and University Health Network to coordinate this effort.
“It is heartbreaking to witness the effects of this pandemic around the world, so I wanted to do my part to help where I grew up,” said Joseph. “The courageous work of the hospital community is admirable, and it is important to help protect them. I look forward to providing support in Toronto along with upcoming community efforts throughout Canada and Sacramento as we fight this virus together.”
“This is a tragic situation for all of us, and at the same time it is inspiring to see Cory’s leadership in this effort,” said Rana. “I am honoured to help him aid these healthcare heroes back home while they put their lives on the line to save others.”
Face shields will be donated through “Operation Canadian Shield,” an initiative launched by Flash Reproductions in Toronto to supply frontline workers with essential safety equipment for protection as they treat coronavirus patients. Funds raised through the initiative provide and distribute shields free of charge to the healthcare community.
Joseph, 28, has played nine NBA seasons with San Antonio, Toronto, Indiana, and Sacramento. He played two seasons with his hometown team, between 2015 and 2017.