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Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander ups donation to $10 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts


Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander will now donate $10 million to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund started by Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, an increase over the $4 million he pledged Monday, according to multiple reports.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Alexander has told the mayor about the increased contribution but the team will not put out a statement on the matter because Alexander does not want the additional donation to bring attention to himself.

The Rockets had issued a statement Monday after Alexander’s original donation, saying “our hearts are heavy seeing the devastation that so many of our friends, family and neighbors are experiencing.”

The Houston Astros ownership group also agreed to donate $4 million to the relief efforts.

The donations were among several pledged by teams and athletes to aid victims of flooding in Houston, including a $50,000 pledge made by Rockets point guard Chris Paul on Monday to Texans defensive end J.J. Watt‘s online fundraiser.

Paul’s donation pushed the total raised by the fundraiser to $500,000. As of Tuesday afternoon, $1.5 million had been raised through the fundraiser and Watt raised the stated goal to $2 million.

Now classified as a tropical storm, Harvey has devastated the Houston area with flooding as a result of unprecedented rainfall totals.

Among other donations announced Tuesday:

Hey Cowboys nation. No matter what team you’re rooting for, we’re all rooting for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. That’s why I’m donating $21,000 to The Salvation Army to support victims of this disaster. And I challenge my friends and all of Cowboys nation to join me in this fight. It doesn’t matter how much you can give, whether it’s $21, or $210, or $21,000 – 100% of all donations will go directly to food, shelter, and other relief efforts. And I’d like to personally challenge @_4dak , @dezbryant and @realdeal2_83 to join the fight by making a significant contribution at helpsalvationarmy.org. #harvey2017 #cowboys #cowboysnation #hurricaneharvey #harveyrelief #doingthemostgood #salvationarmy

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  • Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes, a native of the Houston area, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson he will donate $25,000 to relief efforts and an additional $5,000 for each sack he makes this season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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