NFL player Mike Evans is paying it forward. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver has donated money to a Florida family that was tragically affected by a police shooting, ESPN reported.
Four years ago, 30-year-old Gregory Hill lost his life at the hands of a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office deputy, the news outlet writes. The police officers involved in his death claims that he pointed a gun at them and ignored their commands which prompted them to open fire. However, after they shot and killed him the firearm was found unloaded in his back pocket. Hill’s loved ones filed a wrongful death lawsuit, but a jury decided that he was responsible for his own death and awarded the family a mere $4.
The tragedy struck a chord with Evans and he donated $11,000 to the family. Evans, 24, inked a five-year, $82 million extension with the Buccaneers in March. After signing the deal, he promised to use his resources to help individuals in need. His donation to the Hill family is a part of a larger effort to give people a helping hand. In 2017, he launched the Mike Evans Family Foundation; a philanthropic venture designed to provide scholarships for high school students who come from low-income families and to help those affected by domestic violence.
Many athletes have stepped up off the field and the court and used their resources to give back. In June, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus donated $125,000 for the construction of classrooms in Haiti.