Eric Devendorf raises over $64k to help small business in Syracuse affected by COVID-19


By: Gabe Maturo

The Boeheim's Army captain is doing amazing work

For a player who made a massive impact on the court in Syracuse, Eric Devendorf just made a bigger one in the community.

During the holiday season, the Boeheim’s Army guard raised over $64k to support small business owners in the Syracuse area. 


This money will help small businesses that have struggled to stay open due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only will his efforts keep the businesses alive, but it will also help the employees who were furloughed or lost significant hours.


“We’re just trying to help out as much as we can," said Devendorf, "and give them some time to help their business until the pandemic is done.”

“A lot of people would say ‘hey this isn’t your job to help out,’ but at the end of the day it is my job to help people, especially when things aren’t going good. The way that we fix it is we rally together.”

Devendorf was inspired by Dave Portnoy, who played for Team Barstool in TBT 2014. The founder of Barstool Sports has raised over $23 million to support small businesses across the country. 


“It started with me seeing David Portnoy doing it with Barstool," said Devendorf. "He was doing the small business fund and now he’s doing it all over the country and has raised over $10 million [he's since raised over $23 million].”

“That inspired me to do it in Syracuse on a smaller scale. We started with $25k as a goal and we got that in two days.”

For those who are looking to support Eric Devendorf’s cause, you can donate at this link:

Click here to support Eric Devendorf’s Small Business GiveBack