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NBA Star Partners With Grassroots Org One Day’s Wages

Jeremy Lin, who recently debuted with the Brooklyn Nets, has partnered with One Day’s Wages to help women and girls who are living in poverty.

Eugene Cho, pastor of Seattle’s Quest Church, officially announced his partnership with Lin this week.

Cho is founder of the grassroots humanitarian organization One Day’s Wages.

In a Nov. 1 Instagram post, Cho wrote of Lin’s work with the nonprofit:

Recently, I had a chance to hang and hoop with one of my favorite basketball players – @jlin7. You could say he broke my ankles a few times. He’s an inspiration to me for many reasons – his faith in Christ, his Asian-American identity, and his underdog story.

I’ve been genuinely encouraged by his humility and his desire to use his platform to love God and love people. In every city that he’s played, he’s looked for dignifying ways to support local kids and education/leadership development.

Jeremy also has a deep passion for the larger world which led us to conversations, ideas, and the launch of a new partnership with @onedayswages. Jeremy shared his passion for wanting to support and empower girls and women that are caught in the realities of extreme global poverty.”

Pastor Cho explained that Lin will donate the full wages of one game plus an additional $100 for every 3-pointer the Nets point guard scores in the 2016-2017 NBA season.

“We’re talking some serious commitment. These funds will go towards ODW’s Girls’ Empowerment Fund and thus, tuition, uniforms, books, teachers, etc.,” Cho added.

“Take a moment to visit his campaign page. He’s asking people to join him. You can give $7 (his jersey number), your one day’s wages, or whatever you feel compelled to give,” the pastor wrote to his more than 6,200 Instagram followers. “Let’s be real: Jeremy’s campaign is NOT going to change the entire world but we believe it can make an impact for the lives of many girls and young women. And as important, I believe this will impact Jeremy as a person and a follower of Christ.”

Lin’s campaign for One Day’s Wages has a goal of $200,000.

Lin explains in a statement on the campaign page:

I believe it’s important to raise awareness about social justice issues that have been swept under the rug. This is why I’m coming alongside One Day’s Wages, a movement to alleviate extreme global poverty, to do my part in raising awareness about the issues many girls face in pursuing their dreams.

Millions of girls across the globe are unable to get the education they need to provide for themselves and their families. This is due to unaffordable school fees, forced child marriage, lack of sanitary products when they reach puberty, and many other barriers. My hope is to shed some light on these issues, and invite you to join me in taking action.”

One Day’s Wages describes itself as “a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.”

Lin, of course, was involved in humanitarian work long before partnering with One Day’s Wages, as he does similar work through his Jeremy Lin Foundation. The Jeremy Lin Foundation “loves and serves children and youth, by proving hope, empowerment and leadership development.”

Watch Lin and Cho explain their new partnership in the video below — and hear the pastor call out a certain other basketball star to make a contribution.

Photo by david_shankbone

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