Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban let guard J.J. Barea borrow the team plane so that he could bring food, water, and supplies to Puerto Rico. Barea is the only active NBA player that is a native Puerto Rican, and the recovery effort is dear to him.
Cuban told ESPN, "I was really proud of J.J. and how quickly he got involved and how hard he worked to make all of this happen.”
Barea and his wife, actress Viviana Ortiz, set up a relief fund for Hurricane Maria victims and have raised more than $150,000 so far.
The Category 4 hurricane devastated Puerto Rico with its 155 mph winds. Maria caused 26 deaths, left hundreds homeless, and the island is expected to be without power for months.
Barea told FOX 4, “Puerto Rico is everything to me. That's where I'm born and raised. That's where I got all my family. Puerto Rico is completely destroyed. Worst ever down there. We need everything from gas to water to food to medicine. Mark Cuban never hesitated to help me out, let me borrow the plane. And we went down there with a plane full of stuff. Everything went smooth today so we're hoping to do it again this week. It's really bad down there so we need all the help."
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