According to the Associated Press, via ESPN, Irving is committing $1.5 million to supplement the income of players who choose not to play this season, due to either coronavirus concerns or social justice reasons.
The funds will come from the KAI Empowerment Initiative that Irving launched on Monday, and will also provide players with a financial literacy program created by UBS.
“Whether a person decided to fight for social justice, play basketball, focus on physical or mental health, or simply connect with their families, this initiative can hopefully support their priorities and decisions,” Irving said in am official statement.
For WNBA players to be eligible, the must apply by August 11th, and must provide insight into the circumstances surrounding their decision and not be receiving salary support from any other entity. An opt-out for medical reasons must be connected to the coronavirus pandemic.
Those players that qualify will be notified by August 24th.
Players can get information at the KAI Empowerment Initiative website.