NBA star Trae Young helps pay off more than $1 million of medical debt

Hawks guard Trae Young partnered with RIP Medical Debt for the donation.

A young NBA star gave hundreds of struggling families some much-needed relief this week by canceling more than $1 million worth of unpaid medical debt.

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young made a donation through his charity organization that helped wipe out the medical debt of about 600 low-income residents in Atlanta, his foundation announced Wednesday.

The 21-year-old rookie partnered with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit organization that has paid off more than $1 billion since its creation in 2014, according to its website. The group specializes in helping organizations purchase debt from medical providers and debt sellers for pennies on the dollar.

Young's $10,000 donation was enough to wipe out $1,059,186.39 in unpaid medical debt for 570 Atlanta residents, targeting those who are insolvent, at least two times below the federal poverty level and/or had debt of 5% or more of their gross annual income.

Young, who's in his second year with the Hawks, credited his team for helping to "make a difference.

"Blessed to have such a Great Team around me to help me make this happen … #MakeADifference," he said in a tweet to his 341,000 followers.

Young has logged 287 assists and 981 points during the 2019-20 season thus far, both top five across the NBA.