NBA Player Donates Meals To Local Frontline Healthcare Workers

NBA Player Donates Meals To Local Frontline Healthcare Workers

Chicago Bulls Point Guard Alec Jacoby “Coby” White provided barbecue plates and dessert from McCall’s BBQ to hundreds of night shift staff at Wayne UNC Health Care Wed., May 13.

White, a Goldsboro native who went on to play for the North Carolina Tar Hills before he was drafted to the Bulls last year, extended his thanks to all healthcare workers at Wayne UNC.

“On behalf of myself and my family, we want to thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the residents of Goldsboro during this time of uncertainty,” White said in a written statement, which he signed in tribute to his father with the tag #FMF (For My Father). White lost his father to liver cancer in 2017.

White’s donation served second- and third-shift frontline teammates, working through the COVID-19 pandemic. The meal delivery also coincides with National Hospital Week, a time for recognizing the outstanding contributions of healthcare workers and hospitals.

Wayne UNC Health Care President & CEO Janie Jaberg said she wishes to thank White on behalf of hospital leadership and teammates.

“This is an important month for teammates, as we have observed both our nurses and our Wayne UNC family through Nurses Week and Hospital Week,” she said. “Our team gives so much to our patients and community. We’re grateful for this recognition and support from Coby and for the incredible way our community has responded.”

Raised in Goldsboro, White played high school basketball at the Greenfield School in Wilson, scoring 3,573 points over his four-year career and becoming the all-time leading scorer in North Carolina high school basketball history. In 2019 he was the first player from North Carolina to be drafted in the first round by the Bulls since Michael Jordan in 1984.

Wayne UNC teammate Jacob Ingram helped distribute the meals those working on Wednesday night