Nets owner makes hefty donation to combat COVID-19
by Bryan Fonseca
Apr 08, 2020 | 2068 views | 0 0 comments | 155 155 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alibaba co-founder and Brooklyn Nets majority owner Joseph Tsai is the latest NBA figure to make a sizable donation to the covid-19 crisis overtaking the world.

Tsai – who purchased a 51-percent ownership in the Nets and the Barclays Center for $2.35 billion in August – along with his wife Clara Wu Tsai, have donated 2.6 million masks, 170,000 goggles and 2,000 ventilators to the state of New York.

According to CNN, the supplements were divided into two separate shipments. The first shipment arrived on Thursday at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, with the second landing in John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday.

“We kept hearing cries for personal protective equipment from our community and wanted to help,” Clara Wu Tsai said in an interview with CNN regarding the gesture. “The state will allocate the second shipment but it's our intention to help the most underserved institutions.

She later mentioned Elmhurst Hospital in Queens as one of the institutions she and her husband thought needed a significant amount of assistance during this time.

During his viral daily briefings, Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed his gratitude toward the Tsai family for the assist.

“I want to thank Joe Tsai and Clara Tsai and Jack Ma from Alibaba,” said Cuomo early Saturday following the entry of the second shipment. “This is a big deal and it's going to make a significant difference for us.”
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