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Suns guard Devin Booker to donate $2.5 million to Arizona families in need

Booker will donate $500K per year for the next five years to Suns Charities.
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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 19: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns celebrates after the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 19, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Suns defeat the Celtics 11-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

PHOENIX - At Friday night's "The Jump Ball" gala for Phoenix Suns charities, guard Devin Booker announced he is pledging $2.5 million over the next five years to help Arizona children and families in need.

"As a leader, I feel like it's my duty and responsibility to give back to the community that we represent," Booker said.

Booker, 22, said he will donate $500,000 each year for the next five years. He and the Phoenix Suns Charities board of directors will choose five deserving charities each year to give $100,000 to.

"A lot of people look at basketball as just a bunch of guys that make a lot of money out there on the court," he said. "It's not that. It's a lot bigger than that for us."

Last July, Booker signed a five-year $158 million contract extension with Phoenix, which made him the highest paid player in franchise history.

In 31 games with the Suns this season, Booker has averaged nearly 25 points and seven assists.