The Halifax Rainmen are opening their wallets in a big way to assist the disaster relief effort in Haiti.

The Rainmen announced yesterday that all players on their roster have agreed to donate half of their January salaries to help rebuild a nation devastated by earthquake.

“The thing is, these guys don’t make a whole lot of money,” said Rainmen owner Andre Levingston. “These guys came together and said, ‘We want to do this … The world is trying to help and we just want to do our part.’ That’s an amazing thing to do, especially guys who don’t have NBA salaries.”

The Rainmen also will accept donations from fans to help the relief effort in lieu of the 50-50 draw at Friday’s 7 p.m. home game against the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry.

The team’s title sponsor, Rogers Communication, donated $200 for every Rainmen point scored in Saturday’s 119-109 win over the Vermont Frost Heaves, for a total of $23,800.

In other news, the Rainmen are expected to announce today that guard Antwan Dobie has left the team. He signed last Thursday but played just three minutes on Sunday. Other moves are also possible as the Rainmen work to upgrade their roster. Small forward Jevohn Shepherd has recovered from a hamstring injury and will likely return to the lineup Friday.

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