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Kevin Love making changes to his charity to address inequality and racism

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love announced on Thursday that he's making changes to his charity to include traumas caused by inequality and racism.

In 2018, Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love announced a new initiative, The Kevin Love Fund, which aims to promote emotional and physical well-being, particularly as it relates to mental health.

But in light of the recent events in the United States, Love has decided to make an adjustment to his charity to include traumas caused by inequality and racism.

In an Instagram post on Thursday night, the 5-time All-Star explained his decision, citing input from a member of the organization's staff.

Love wrote: "A valued member of my team, whom I also consider a friend, said to me recently, 'As an African American woman, the information you're putting out there just doesn't resonate with me. Deep breaths don't help with racial trauma.'

"And she was right.⁣

"I need to do better. Our work and resources need to explicitly address the challenges and trauma caused by inequality and racism.⁣

"I know I need to make changes to my own organization and will do so immediately. We will start by creating a diverse advisory board to guide our work, we will partner with grassroots organizations that need our help most right now, and we will work alongside BIPOC-licensed therapists, and stand alongside communities of people that have been treated so unjustly for far too long.⁣"

Love went on to announce that The Kevin Love Fund was donating $100,000 grants to both the Chris Paul Family Foundation, which strives to "positively impact individuals and families by leveling the playing field in Education, Sports and Life and the Obama Foundation, which aims to "inspire, empower, and connect people to change their world."

In making his announcement, Love referred to the advice he received from former President Barack Obama during a panel during NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago this past February.

"Be a little more public," Obama told Love. "Set an example for the people."

 

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