NBA's Cedi Osman uses Bulls game to help Turkey's earthquake victims
Turkish NBA player with the Cleveland Cavaliers Cedi Osman raised money for victims of the earthquake in eastern Turkey on Friday during a Saturday game against the Chicago Bulls.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck the eastern Elazığ province in Turkey Friday evening, collapsing buildings and killing at least 35 people, injuring over 1,400.
The 24-year-old Cavaliers forward launched a campaign to help the victims of the earthquake and announced that he would be donating to the victims $100 for every 3-pointer made by both teams on Saturday, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
Fellow teammate Larry Nance Jr. participated in the campaign, increasing the amount set to each three-pointer by either player to $200
Osman’s campaign saw support from Turks, who sent out messages to Turkish Red Crescent to help with 10 Turkish liras for each SMS.
Buddy we raised 60.000 USD. Thank you for being a part of it. Appreciate ❤️ @Larrydn22— Cedi Osman (@cediosman) January 26, 2020
Osman tweeted that at least 385,000 Turkish liras ($64,800) was raised for the help the earthquake hit residents of Elazığ, including the money from the 25 three-pointers scored during the game that saw the Chicago Bulls clinch victory with a 118-106 score.
Glad we could make a difference brother! https://t.co/25dvIOv841— Larry Nance Jr (@Larrydn22) January 26, 2020