NBA player helps eliminate $1 million in past-due medical debt for struggling families

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden on December 14, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

ATLANTA — NBA rising star point guard Trae Young has helped eliminate $1 million in past-due medical debt for struggling families in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Hawks player’s foundation partnered with the nonprofit organization RIP Medical Debt to abolish the debt for 570 families in the Atlanta area.

The nonprofit, started in 2014 by two former debt collection executives, seeks to buy and forgive medical debt across America.

It seeks to help those most in need, targeting accounts of individuals that are “two times or below the federal poverty level, insolvent and/or with debts that are five percent or more of gross annual income,” according to the organization.

Young donated $10,000 through his foundation, which erased $1,059,186.39 of medical debt. The average amount abolished was $1,858 for 570 people, a press release said.

“The city of Atlanta has welcomed me with open arms,” said Young. “Giving back to this community is extremely important to me. I hope these families can find a bit of relief knowing that their bills have been taken care of as we enter the New Year.”

Young currently ranks fourth in points (28.9 per game) with the league and fifth in assists (8.4).

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