When Chris Duhon saw the damage Katrina inflicted on Slidell, La., it didn't take long for the Bulls guard to act. He set up a foundation to raise money for his hometown. Half of what comes in will go to the Red Cross, the other half is earmarked for Slidell. ( Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf donated $50,000.) "I have five of my best friends from Slidell staying with me right now," says Duhon (above), who has raised $400,000 so far. "When I'm on the phone, I can look at them and say, 'Hey, people are helping our city.'"
That's just one of the many ways in which the sports world has chipped in. Among the others:
?The NFL donated $1 million, and several teams accepted donations from fans during preseason games.
? Major League Baseball and the players' association pledged $1 million, as did the Yankees.
?Sheila Johnson, president of the Washington Mystics--who have two players from Louisiana--donated $500,000 to the Red Cross.
? Golfer David Toms went to shelters in Shreveport, La., and moved several families with young kids into hotels.
?Eli and Peyton Manning (above) flew with a planeload of supplies to Baton Rouge, where they helped unload the provisions.
? Lance Armstrong gave $500,000 for displaced cancer patients.
? U.S. Soccer is auctioning off game-worn jerseys from last Saturday's U.S.- Mexico game.
? Baron Davis of the Warriors, who played three seasons in New Orleans, donated $50,000.