Former NBA player and basketball analyst Charles Barkley before a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies at Residents Bank Park on June 6, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Wealthy Schultz/Getty Images)
ATLANTA – NBA legend and analyst Charles Barkley is supporting Spelman College with an enormous donation.
Last Thursday, Barkley announced that he’ll donate $1 million to the historically Black Atlanta women’s college.
In keeping with AL.com, the Hall of Famer said he selected to donate to Spelman after seeing the impact the university had on the daughter of his friend and business partner John Hudson, who’s currently a student at the varsity.
“John has been a fantastic mentor, a fantastic friend, and a fantastic business partner,” AL.com reported Barkley saying. “I used to be able to do one other HBCU and together with his daughter doing great things at Spelman, so I told him, ‘Why not there?’”
Spelman’s recent president says the gift shall be used to assist develop the subsequent generation of leaders by closing the education and wealth gap for college students and maintaining inexpensive education opportunities for girls.
This is not the primary time Barkley has given back to the Atlanta community.
In 2016, Barkley pledged $1 million to Clark Atlanta University. The subsequent yr, he made a pledge of $1 million to Morehouse College. He’s also donated to Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama A&M in Huntsville and Tuskegee University.