Good guy Mike Evans is back at it once again, this time with a donation of $100,000 to support those is need during this COVID-19 crisis. He and his foundation (the Mike Evans Family Foundation) donated half of this sum to United Way Suncoast, and the other half to his hometown of Galveston, Texas.
According to Jessica Muroff, the CEO of United Way Suncoast, “These critical dollars will do so much to help families who are struggling in this crisis.”
United Way Suncoast is an organization who is currently working towards supporting those who are affected by this pandemic. They are focused on supporting agencies that provide services for families in the community, such as food and housing support, childcare, and many other areas of need.
For Mike Evans and his foundation to give back should come as no surprise as Evans has always been committed to supporting those in need. In 2018, Evans donated $11,000 to a family that was struggling with the after-effects of a shooting, after discovering the case on Twitter. A year later, his foundation provided a $25,000 grant to the University of South Florida to start a scholarship fund for local students.* His efforts have been so impactful that he was named the Bucs nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award this past season.
These sorts of gestures exemplify the kind of man that Evans is, demonstrating time and time again that someone can be one of the best players on the field, while also being one of the best human beings in their community.
When Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht was asked about having someone like Mike Evans on his team, with reference to his donation, he said:
“It’s awesome. You know, it’s not surprising from Mike. He was our Man of the Year Candidate from the Bucs last year, and deservingly so, he’s just an awesome person.”
These are the kinds of guys you want on your favorite team, and the Tampa Bay community is lucky to have someone like Mike Evans in it. When life gives you lemons, Mike is going to do everything he can to help you turn it into lemonade.
*Courtesy of Buccaneers.com