2 more players pledge to help

March 19, 2020

San Miguel guard Chris Ross and Meralco forward Cliff Hodge will do their share in helping PBA game-day personnel affected by the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19) sweeping the world.
The two veterans are the latest PBA players to pledge their support to the league's game-day personnel, after Alaska coach Jeffrey Cariaso initiated a movement a few days ago.

An ABS CBN story said that Cariaso  announced that he will pledge P100,000 for the league's non-regular personnel, who rely on wages earned during game days. The Alaska coach asked for help from other PBA players, as he wanted to make up for two months' worth of wages.

Among the PBA's non-regular personnel are statisticians and table officials.

Meralco's Hodge, who was among the players tagged by Cariaso in a tweet, was quick to pledge P20,000 of his own money.

"Let me know also if there is anything else I can do to help our PBA family," he added.

Ross, San Miguel's veteran court general, quickly chimed in as well.

"I'll match," he said, quoting Hodge's tweet.

The league is in full support of Cariaso's initiative, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial had assured. Moreover, they have already lent a helping hand to the non-regular personnel as well.

Marcial announced last week that the PBA is suspending all of its events, from the PBA Philippine Cup to the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.