Verizon Wireless announced Monday it will donate $50,000 per year to the Cure Zika Foundation, which will provide assistance to athletes affected with the Zika Virus.
The funds will go to the foundation’s “Team of Athletes,” which is dedicated to supporting athletes and other athletes around the world affected by Zika, Verizon said in a statement.
Verizon will also be donating additional funds from its network to the organization, it said.
“We are committed to supporting our athletes and their families, and we’re glad to be partnering with Cure Zika to help them during this critical time,” Verizon said.
The foundation is a nonprofit organization that was formed in January 2016 to support the Zika research and development efforts by the National Institutes of Health.
The group will also help athletes in the fight against the virus and the costs associated with it, according to Verizon.
The goal of Cure Zika is to “provide medical and financial support to individuals, teams and sports teams affected by a Zika-related illness or injury,” according to the group’s website.
“Cure Zika is committed to advancing research and developing vaccines, diagnostic tests and treatments for Zika virus and other microcephaly-related disorders,” Cure Zika said in its website.
“Our mission is to support research that can save lives and save lives.”
The Zika virus has spread across much of Latin America, particularly the Caribbean.
The outbreak has led to an unprecedented surge in cases, with more than 1,700 new cases reported in the Caribbean region this month alone.
In addition to Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases have also been found to be causing an uptick in cases.