Trae Young helps pay over 1 million dollars in medical debt

Trae Young has logged 287 assists and 981 points during the 2019-2020 season so far, both top five across the NBA, and is the Hawks top vote thus far for the 2020 All-Star Game. Photo Credit: Zimbio.com

Trae Young has logged 287 assists and 981 points during the 2019-2020 season so far, both top five across the NBA, and is the Hawks top vote thus far for the 2020 All-Star Game. Photo Credit: Zimbio.com

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Atlanta Hawks Point Guard, Trae Young, helped wipe out $1 million in medical debt for residents in Atlanta with a $10,000 donation to RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit organization that partnered with the Hawks back in 2014. This is the second year that Young has donated to RIP Medical Debt.

“Giving back to this community is extremely important to me. I hope these families can find a bit of relief knowing that their bills have been taken care of as we enter the New Year,” Young explained.

RIP Medical Debt pays off the medical debt of individuals most in need. According to their website, RIP Medical Debt, “[it] uses donated funds to purchase portfolios of bundled medical debt on the secondary debt market for pennies on the dollar.”

Because of the way medical debt works, Young’s donation was used to help wipe away $1,059,186.39 of debt. Again, per release, the average amount abolished is $1,858 for about 570 people.  A spokesperson for the organization said, “… every $1 donated relieves $100 worth of medical debt and the money goes to people earning less than twice the federal poverty level.”

“This donation has really been truly amazing, because recently one of my now close friends that I actually met at a Hawks game has been going through some budget issues and with his mom recently being in the hospital the debt started to build up and with Trae’s very helpful donation it really helped out my friend and his family with the medical bills.”-Freshman, Heath Purdie

Young, who’s in his second year with the Hawks, credited his team for helping to “make a difference.”

 “Blessed to have such a Great Team around me to help me make this happen … #MakeADifference,” he said in a tweet with his donation. However, this is not Young’s first donation. After being drafted Young launched the Trae Young Foundation the following year along with the Trae Young Basketball Academy, which provides young athletes in his home state of Oklahoma the opportunity to develop and enhance their basketball skills, according to his website.