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Tim Duncan is helping the Virgin Islands, and would like your help

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Those of us here on Pounding the Rock and San Antonio fans everywhere have always called Tim Duncan the heart of the San Antonio Spurs and he is living up to that title. He penned a piece published at The Players’ Tribune asking people to help the U.S. Virgin Islands deal with the damage left behind by Hurricane Irma. Duncan is spearheading a relief mission to the U.S. Virgin Islands and started the ball rolling by donating $250,000 and offering to match donations up to the first $1 million — and gave assurances that 100% of the funds would go to relief.

Duncan set up a YouCaring crowdfund site to raise money for supplies that he will fly directly to St. Croix from San Antonio.

In his piece, Duncan describes living through Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

Hugo hit at night. The first thing I remember is a loud boom from the windows blowing out of our house. My mother and sister burst into my bedroom and led me by the hand into another room. We spent the rest of the night sitting in a small bathroom, our eyes wide open. None of us could sleep. We heard the bangs and booms of debris. Once in a while, I’d peek down the hallway at my dad, who was watching our ceiling. One of the beams had a crack in it, and the crack slowly grew bigger throughout the night. I think my dad was praying.

Duncan states that he has always admired Pop’s “say less, do more” attitude and he lives up to his mentor’s mantra.

We can pray. Then we must act.

If you would like to contribute to the relief efforts for the U.S. Virgin Islands and the other islands affected by Hurricane Irma (and possibly by the not-far-behind Hurricane Jose), you can click here to connect with Duncan’s YouCaring crowdfund site.