Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers’ midfielder, pledges half a million dollars to help small businesses grappling through the ongoing pandemic.
Rodgers told Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy on Instagram Live Friday that he matches Portnoy’s initial $ 500,000 donation that started Barstool Fund, Which is a charitable organization that supports businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I just want to participate,” said Rodgers. “I am in. I want to be in the same amount that I put it in. I started with $ 500,000, and this is where I am. It is a huge honor to be a part of it.”
Barstool Fund has now raised over $ 22 million and has helped 102 different companies as of Sunday morning.
Rodgers believes the charity helps companies by “doing something the government doesn’t do.” The fund provides “life-changing money” to companies in two or three days.
Rodgers also called on his teammates and others to help the companies he described as “the backbone of this country.”
“It’s a call to action for everyone to keep donating and do what they can,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers said he was inspired by the videos of the Barstall Fund helping to bail out small businesses.
“I’m just in awe of what you guys did,” Rodgers said. “I can’t sit on the sidelines anymore.” “This has a real effect. We are talking about our people, these are our people. This is the backbone of this country and it is taking it on the chin now, I want to participate, I must participate.”
Small businesses can apply for assistance from the Barstool Fund Here.