Essential workers are on the front lines during this coronavirus pandemic. San Antonio Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich wanted to send some motivation and words of encouragement to some folks doing good work on the front lines.

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Popovich got on a conference call with staff members of the San Antonio Food Bank days after the nonprofit fed 10,000 households at a drive-thru distribution. With staffers tired and funding in question, Popovich lightens the mood and lifted their spirits as only he could do.

“He told them some stories about some tough games and how to get through a crisis,” Food Bank president and CEO Eric Cooper told Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News.


Popovich serves as a member of the food bank’s advisory board and reached out to tell the workers stories of adversities he’s faced as Spurs coach, along with answering several questions from the staff.

“He said, ‘We are just entertainers playing a sport that doesn’t mean much, but you guys are serving the community,'” Cooper said. “Our staff and volunteers really appreciated it.”

Popovich understands that the coronavirus pandemic has put everyone in a funk. By checking on those serving the community on the front lines it’s important to let them know they’re appreciated.