Spurs News: Marco Belinelli helping out Italian hospital battling virus
By Ethan Farina
In some positive Spurs news, Marco Belinelli is stepping up to a hospital in his native Italy as they battle the coronavirus.
As the coronavirus spreads across the world there’s been no shortage of good samaritans in the NBA stepping up to help out. Either through providing funds for arena employees, providing meals for students, or setting up services for senior citizens, NBA players are all doing their part. In some positive Spurs news, one of our own has given back to help his native country.
Italy is one of the countries that has been hardest hit by the coronavirus epidemic. To help counteract this, Marco Belinelli and the NBPA have decided to help out. Per a report from Jeff Garcia from News 4 San Antonio, the player’s association and Belinelli are giving financial assistance to a hospital in Bologna.
Humanity can do so much to help limit the spread of this virus. Social distancing, being proactive about being tested if you think you’ve been exposed, not unnecessarily overstocking on good, and practicing good sanitation, everyone can do their part to contribute.
As Belinelli told Sportando his personal connection to healthcare professionals and his pride as a son of Italy led him to give back.
“My father is a surgeon and for many years he worked both at the Major Hospital of Bologna and at the Hospital of St. John in Persiceto. I know how much more important the work of all operators today is. Help as I can, from afar, in the hope of being able to return soon to Bologna and thank one by one all the people who are on the front line today. I’ve never felt so proud to be Italian.”
Marco says he’s never felt so proud to be Italian. Well, the feeling is mutual, I’ve never been so proud to call Belinelli a San Antonio Spur.