NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Nets are donating $75,000 to a fund to help paralyzed Rutgers’ football player Eric LeGrand.

The team says it is giving the money to the “Eric LeGrand Believe Fund” to raise awareness of the player’s plight.

Nets general manager Billy King said Monday that the money was raised in conjunction with point guard Devin Harris’ 34 Ways to Assist Foundation and through contributions from the Nets’ players, coaches, front office personnel and ownership.

LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury making a tackle on a kickoff return in a game against Army on Oct. 16 at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

“We just wanted to find a way to show our support,” Harris said. “The athletic community is a very tight-knit group, and what happened to Eric is something that affects all athletes at every level. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”

King said the Nets will publicize how others can donate to the fund.

“We hope that our donation will spur others throughout the state and country to also contribute,” he said.

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