Athletes giving money

Does anyone else notice the large amounts of money that Black athletes are donating to their alma maters? New York Mets outfielder, Curtis Granderson donated $5 million to the University of Illinois-Chicago , Draymond Green, combo forward for the Golden State Warriors gave Michigan State University $3.1 million, Ndamankhan Suh, Defensive Tackle from the Miami Dolphins gave $2.6 million to the University of Nebraska.

Athletes seems to give more thanks to the Universities they attend, rather than the neighborhoods they come from. No right or wrong, but it is interesting

Athletes seems to give more thanks to the Universities they attended, rather than the neighborhoods they came from. No right or wrong, but it is interesting

Somewhat of a trend, NBA basketball players, Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green, both have giving the University of Georgetown $1 million each, Russell Westbrook one of the NBA’s premier point guards also recently gave a $1 million to his alma mater UCLA.
According to an article in the New York Times, Michigan States former student-athletes are the most giving. Steve Smith former NBA basketball player, donated $2.5 million, and former NFL offensive tackle, Flozell Adams donated $1.5 million. The largest donor, is also the Spartans biggest star, Magic Johnson, who has given at the very least 4 million dollars to the university. It has to be noted that Magic Johnson has also given tens of millions to the Black community, for a number of reasons, most recently, he gave a $10-million-dollar donation to a Chicago charity that is looking to expand a program that helps at-risk youth find employment.
These donations, that athletes are giving out, aren’t going to people in need, a lot of the money donated is going towards new athletic facilities, and in some cases academic facilities for athletes, as well as the general student population. At the end of the day, these athletes will get their names put on donors lists, and some will have buildings, and courts named after them, while others will have sections of football stadiums named in their honor
Does anyone else find it weird that Black athletes are willing to give large amounts of money to Universities that they have already helped make millions?

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  1. Sam Wasanake #

    Sounds like they are grateful for what they have received. Not all athletes make it pro so they are likely helping the student athletes at their respective schools out of pride and thanks.

  2. Anthony Washington #

    What have they received? Some have not graduated from the school they have attended as of yet.
    Are the Universities these kids went to the only organizations deserving of million dollar donations?
    These players have already generated millions of dollars for their respective schools, how does that not count as giving back?

    The large majority of money these athletes are donating back to their Alma maters will not go to the student-athletes. Unfortunately, very little money goes to the student-athletes when compared to the amount of money the coaching staffs and athletic administrators receive.

    Some of the athletes come from impoverished communities. Community organizations that helped them get to the Universities that the athletes ended up attending? Why are Black athletes more likely to donate to Universities, rather than the very communities in which they came from, that have a greater impact on their success, than given credit.

    The very people from impoverished neighborhoods, who possess the funding necessary to start and maintain programs in poor neighborhoods that would actually benefit children, and potential student athletes, are more worried about having Practice courts on predominantly white campuses named in their honor, or having their names on top donors lists.

    What is the significance of having Black athletes with money, if they do not think about the communities in which they come from? What happens to the services that they once received when public funding runs out, and their private dollars are in the hands of white institutions who care very little about them, and even less about the community the young men come from.

    Universities do not encourage kids to give back to their communities, so this is not about being grateful, rather, it is about athletes being brainwashed into believing that these institutions of higher learning actually cared about them, and played more of a role in helping them attain success athletically and financially speaking.