New Phoenix Suns owners donate $100k to send around SEVEN THOUSAND underprivileged kids to their first NBA game as Ishbia brothers seek impact amid $4bn that purchase
The prospective new owners of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns are already working hard to ingratiate themselves with the community.
Brothers Mat and Justin Ishbia donated $100,000 to ‘Bright Side Night’ – a charity event run by the SB Nation blog covering the Suns called Bright Side of the Sun.
The annual event helps bring underprivileged kids to their first Suns game through donations.
For the $100,000 the brothers put up, SB Nation says about 6,600 underprivileged kids will be able to cheer on the team for the first time.
New Suns owner Mat Ishbia sends more than 6,600 children in need to their first NBA game
Robert Sarver reveals plan to sell after NBA finds credible allegations of racism and sexism
This is the seventh year that Bright Side of the Sun has run this event – where just a $15 donation sends two kids from the Metro Phoenix area to a game.
Mat Ishbia is the lead investor in the group that is finalizing the record $4billion purchase of the team.
Just last week it was announced that both the Suns and their sister team – the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA – were selling Ishbia for almost all of that.
Ishbia is no stranger to the game. He was a walk-on at Michigan State and won the title in 2000
That price tag broke the record for the most paid for an NBA team set in 2019 – when Joe Tsai bought the Brooklyn Nets for $2.3bn.
This will end the ownership tenure of Robert Sarver.
Sarver announced her plan to sell the club and the WNBA’s Mercury after the NBA found credible allegations of racism and sexism.
Ishbia is no stranger to the world of basketball. He was a walk-on on the men’s team at Michigan State University. During his time there, he went to three straight Final Fours and won the 2000 National Championship in Florida.