Every major pro sports team in the Bay Area combined to donate $450,000 to fire relief efforts in the North Bay.
The 49ers, Giants, Warriors, Athletics, Raiders, Earthquakes and Sharks issued a joint statement on Wednesday in which team executives expressed sympathy for victims.
“Although we can never replace what was lost, together we can help those impacted by the fires rebuild,” 49ers CEO Jed York said in the news release.
A portion of the money donated by the teams will go to the American Red Cross for California wildfire relief efforts, the rest will “go to other deserving relief efforts in the region,” according to a 49ers spokesperson.
Additionally, the group has set up a crowdfunding campaign on You Caring (youcaring.com/firerelief) for fans to donate. The fundraiser had garnered an additional $17,000-plus within four hours of the statement, all of which will go to the American Red Cross.
The tragedy was a topic of conversation at practice for the 49ers and Raiders. Head coach Kyle Shanahan extended his thoughts and prayers for those affected, and Oakland quarterback Derek Carr said the disaster had shifted his outlook.
“Being 2-3 is not hard when we really think about it. Doing that kind of stuff, that’s what’s really hard,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr told reporters on Wednesday. “Our prayers are with them that they can have peace and encouragement.”
Head coach Jack Del Rio opened his press conference by addressing the devastation and offering hope that the fires will soon be contained and that the communities affected can start the rebuilding process.
The Raiders monitored the air quality to ensure the safety of their players through practice.