Utah Jazz swingman Joe Ingles has stepped in to help his home country as they face devastaing fires and scorching heat across the country.
Most Utah Jazz fans already know this, but Joe Ingles is a great guy not only on the court, but in his personal life as well.
After the birth of his twins, Ingles went through a great deal of stress caring for his young family and balancing his life with his career. To top it all off, his wife was wrapping up her successful career in net ball, and at times they would be separated across the Pacific ocean during their competitive seasons.
One of the twins is autistic, and to help both his family as well as countless others in the Wasatch Front community, Ingles has worked with the Utah Jazz to spread spread awareness of the disorder. Last season he even pulled off an autism awareness night home game.
However this time around, Ingles is paying it forward to his native Australia. There has been wildfires scattered across the whole country, threatening both human and animal lives. It may be bitter cold up here in Utah, but down under it has been consistently over 100 degrees, even reaching up to 120 degrees in Sydney.
Joe and expressed his devastation and yearning to help the people out this past week, and yesterday it officially came together.
Joe Ingles and the Utah Jazz have teamed up with several other NBA Aussies, including former Jazzman Dante Exum, to send 750 thousand dollars over to the burning country. These funds should provide immediate relief to the people suffering.
In addition to his reliable play on the court to provide fundamentally good basketball, Ingles is an incredible example of grit and integrity. His league-leading streak of most consecutive games played isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and neither is his good heart.
It’s no wonder the Jazz front office didn’t hesitate to hand him an extension last fall despite Joe turning 33 during the length of the extension. In the past ten games, Ingles is shooting over 50 percent both from the field and from deep.