Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young cancels more than $1M in medical debt for metro Atlanta residents

Atlanta Hawks star point guard, Trae Young, announced he has partnered with RIP Medical Debt to relieve over a million dollars in past due medical debts for Atlanta residents who cannot pay them.


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“The city of Atlanta has welcomed me with open arms,” said Young. “Giving back to this community is extremely important to me. I hope these families can find a bit of relief knowing that their bills have been taken care of as we enter the New Year.”

Young donated $10,000 through the Trae Young Foundation to target relief in the Greater Atlanta Area.

Through this charitable act, $1,059,186.39 of medical debt will be erased, according to RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit that relieves debt to families nationwide. The organization uses donations to purchase portfolios of bundled medical debt on the secondary market for pennies on the dollar. The average amount abolished is $1,858 for 570 people.

Those benefiting from relief will receive a branded, RIP yellow envelope, which landed in Atlanta on Jan. 3.

Young was the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and is currently ranked 4th in points and 5th in the league in assists.