CLEVELAND — It's no secret that small businesses have been hit particularly hard by the closures and restrictions that have come as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
On Wednesday, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. announced plans to lend a helping hand.
Taking to his Twitter account, the 27-year-old Nance called for people to send him apparel from locally owned businesses so that he can be pictured wearing it while walking into games throughout the 2020-21 NBA season. Nance also said that he will not only post about the item, but sell his game-worn jersey from that game and match the proceeds to donate to that particular business.
"Locally owned businesses are some of the pillars of our communities," Nance wrote. "They have been, and still are being hit hard by this pandemic. In an effort to bring some extra support to them, I need your help!"
Nance is asking that anyone looking to send him a t-shirt (size extra large), hat or piece of apparel do so by sending the item to the following address: 6101 Brecksville Road, Independence, Ohio 44131
"This is our city, these are our communities, let's help each other in a time of need," Nance wrote. "Go Cavs!"
A native of Akron, Nance is the son of Cavs great Larry Nance. Now in his fourth season with the franchise, the Revere High School product averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds in 56 games last season.
The Cavs are slated to kickoff the 2020-21 NBA season on Dec. 23 when they host the Charlotte Hornets.