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Braves’ Freddie Freeman pledges $125K to Atlanta-based charities to combat coronavirus

Jesse Reed
Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman against the Cardinals during NLDS game.
Oct 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) sticks out his tongue as he watches his single against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of game one of the 2019 NLDS playoff baseball series at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

It’s incredibly moving to see so many professional athletes responding to the needs of their communities during the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, David O’Brien of The Athletic shared that Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman is the latest to do so.

Freeman pledged $125,000 to Atlanta-based charities to help combat the growing threat of COVID-19, matching Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan with $50,000 donations to the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Giving Kitchen, along with contributing $25,000 to the Salvation Army.

This follows some extraordinary generosity from NFL players like J.J. Watt and Russell Wilson, who, along with their wives, pledged to donate 1 million meals to their respective communities by donating to Houston and Seattle food banks.