In the midst of uncertain times, Anaheim Ducks owners, Henry and Susan Samueli, have set a new standard in the sports community, paying all of their part-time employees through June 30th.
The past few weeks have been filled with much uncertainty. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, many have been left with questions of how they will provide for themselves and their families. With events canceled and stay-at-home order in effect, it is unfortunate that many have found themselves laid off from their jobs or forced to stay home with unpaid leave. Fortunately for Anaheim Ducks employee’s Henry and Susan Samueli have extended their support to part-time employees to June 30th.
Currently, the Samueli’s have 2,100 part-time employees. This extends past those who work at Honda Center and also includes employees at Pechanga Arena (the home of the San Diego Gulls), nine different youth and community sports facilities, including Great Park Ice, and JT Schmid’s, a restaurant near HC that the Samueli’s own.
While the Anaheim Ducks season may not have ended (or been postponed) the way we would have liked, it is a privilege to be a fan of an organization that has proven their dedication to their community tenfold. Henry and Susan Samueli have gone above and beyond what is required of them.
Since acquiring the Anaheim Ducks, one of their sole missions has been to encourage the growth of Orange County through hockey. By committing to provide for both their full time and part-time employees, without thinking of what it could cost them, they have allowed their community to continue to thrive in the midst of this pandemic.
Say what you will about the Samueli’s, but no one can ever deny their kindness, selflessness, and dedication to others. Their compassion will have a ripple effect and extend further than their 2,000+ employees.
In tandem with their amazing efforts to provide for their employee’s, construction has begun on the Samueli’s College of Health and Science. This new college is committed to teaching students in the area of medicine, nursing, population health, and pharmaceutical sciences. The innovative teaching methods implemented at this school will hopefully continue to improve how medicine is practiced in the United States.
With the coronavirus pandemic at the center of everyone’s thoughts, the construction of this school provides positive thoughts. Hopefully, should something like this happen again, the Sameuli’s generosity will have a big impact on improving how the United States handles such a pandemic in the future.
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