NEW YORK (AP) Liberty center Tina Charles is donating half of her WNBA salary to a charity she started in honor of her late aunt, who died of multiple organ failure last year.
Charles has already raised $48,000 for Hopey’s Heart Foundation to purchase 100 automatic external defibrillators (AEDS). She’ll donate approximately $50,000 of her salary, which is about $100,000 per season.
The foundation provides health education, CPR training and life saving AEDs in schools, communities and recreational centers. The league announced Friday that Charles will receive the WNBA Cares community assist award and contribute $7,500 to the foundation.
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Charles is in her first season with the Liberty after coming to New York in a trade in April. She’s also donating tickets to Liberty home games to local community groups.