When Chris Duhon saw the damage Katrina inflicted on Slidell, La., it didn't take long for the Bulls guard to act. He set up a foundation to raise money for his hometown. Half of what comes in will go to the Red Cross, the other half is earmarked for Slidell. (Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf donated $50,000.) "I have five of my best friends from Slidell staying with me right now," says Duhon (above), who has raised $400,000 so far. "When I'm on the phone, I can look at them and say, 'Hey, people are helping our city.'"
That's just one of the many ways in which the sports world has chipped in. Among the others:
•The NFL donated $1 million, and several teams accepted donations from fans during preseason games.
•Major League Baseball and the players' association pledged $1 million, as did the Yankees.
September 11, 2005
•Sheila Johnson, president of the Washington Mystics--who have two players from Louisiana--donated $500,000 to the Red Cross.
•Golfer David Toms went to shelters in Shreveport, La., and moved several families with young kids into hotels.
•Eli and Peyton Manning (above) flew with a planeload of supplies to Baton Rouge, where they helped unload the provisions.
•Lance Armstrong gave $500,000 for displaced cancer patients.
•U.S. Soccer is auctioning off game-worn jerseys from last Saturday's U.S.-Mexico game.
•Baron Davis of the Warriors, who played three seasons in New Orleans, donated $50,000.
•Titans quarterback Steve McNair and Packers quarterback Brett Favre, both of whom have homes in Hattiesburg, Miss., filled a tractor-trailer with supplies and sent it to Mississippi. (McNair is also selling autographed pictures of himself for $100.)
•Cheryl Ford (right) of the Detroit Shock donated the $12,500 prize she received for winning a WNBA rebounding award.
•The Packers loaded their charter flight to Nashville for their Sept. 1 exhibition against the Titans with supplies, including generators, to be sent to the area.
•The Texas Rangers will offer free tickets to the displaced for the remainder of their seasons.
•Serena Williams pledged $200 for each of her aces for the rest of the year.