Kyrie Irving has committed $1.5 million to supplement the income of WNBA players who choose not to play this season.
The funds will come from the KAI Empowerment Initiative that Irving launched Monday. It will also provide players with a financial literacy program created by UBS.
Irving connected with several WNBA players with the help of Natasha Cloud and Jewell Loyd.
Irving decided to help with the financial burden in a league where the top annual salary is a little more than $200,000.
“Whether a person decided to fight for social justice, play basketball, focus on physical or mental health, or simply connect with their families, this initiative can hopefully support their priorities and decisions,” Irving said in a statement.