From the moment he joined the team, Quinn Cook has really seemed to relish being a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. On some level, that makes sense given that he grew up a fan of the team, but it’s still notable how much Cook has clearly enjoyed representing the purple and gold.
The latest way he did so will likely make any fan of the team proud:
To show our appreciation for all the frontline workers at @uclahealth, @QCook323 helped pack bags of groceries to be gifted to some of the hard working heroes in our city. #TeamLA | #NBATogether pic.twitter.com/ptGn7MLYit— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) May 8, 2020
First of all, Cook should be applauded for taking some time out of his day to help out others. Cook is obviously more fortunate than most in that as a professional basketball player he’s a) financially secure and b) doesn’t have to worry about work as much as some others in the community, but not everyone in Cook’s position is leaving their home to go and volunteer to help those that are keeping us safe. Donating money is great for those that can, but this is a good reminder for all of us that donating time during a period when basically everyone is afraid to leave the house is important, too.
Cook is just the latest member of the Lakers organization to try and help frontline workers. Anthony Davis — who has family and friends on the frontlines — has donated food to healthcare workers. LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma are trying to help out with food in their hometowns as well, while James has personally voiced support for medical workers in Los Angeles. Jesse Buss — whose family owns a majority share of the team — has sent food and masks to those who need them most.
If you’re looking to join them in helping out and donate money, the Los Angeles Times has compiled a helpful guide to help you find a cause to give to.