New York Liberty center Tina Charles of the WNBA has a heart of gold and a selflessness to her character that knows no bounds.
According to a report by ESPN.com, Charles will be donating half of her salary next season to charity.
The Hopey’s Heart Foundation, a charity Charles started herself, was set up to honor the death of her aunt who died of organ failure last year.
She has already raised $48,000 to purchase 100 automatic external defibrillators (AEDS).
“It means everything. When I started with this foundation I just wanted something to be in my aunt’s name,” Charles said, per ESPN.com. “I see it as the more AEDs out there we can help combat sudden cardiac arrest. The more AEDs out there the better chance people will have.”
The HHF provides CPR training and health education to schools, communities and recreational centers in the area.
Of her $100,000 salary, $50,000 will go into the foundation.
“It’s extremely important as in my past history people have given to me,” Charles said. “It’s only right that now I’m in a financial situation that I can help others in need, I want to.”
The WNBA announced on Friday that Charles would be receiving the WNBA Cares community assist award. They’ll also be contributing $7,500 to her charity.
What an admirable thing to do. It’s very commendable of Charles to be taking so much of her earnings and putting it into something that can be of benefit to so many others. If more people were like her, the world would be a better place.