Hawks’ Trae Young helps erase more than $1 million in medical debt for Atlanta residents


In just his second NBA season, Trae Young is already making a major impact in Atlanta.

The Hawks point guard recently made a donation through his charitable organization that will eliminate more than $1 million in medical bills that Atlanta-area residents have been unable to pay. 

The Trae Young Foundation’s $10,000 contribution to RIP Medical Debt will allow that organization to purchase and forgive $1,059,186.39 in outstanding medical expenses for 570 people, according to a news release.

“Giving back to this community is extremely important to me,” Young said in a statement. “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.”

Wednesday, Young praised the people who helped the plan come together, ending his tweet with a capital A (for Atlanta) a heart emoji and the hashtag #MakeADifference.

The second-year guard from Oklahoma ranks fourth in the NBA with an average of 28.9 points per game. He’s also fifth in the league in assists per game at 8.4.