NBA veteran and sports analyst Charles Barkely is giving back in a big way.
During a recent visit to WJOX-FM radio in his homestate of Alabama, Barkley announced that he’d be celebrating Giving Tuesday by making a substantial donation to two of the most prominent HBCUs in the south.
He donated a cool million to both Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia and Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama.
“This is a transformational gift to the institution and a true measure of Mr. Barkley’s commitment to advancing educational opportunities,” AAMU President Andrew Hugine said. CAU President Ronald A. Johnson was equally appreciative of Barkley’s generous donation to the institution.
“We are delighted to receive this generous gift from Mr. Barkley,” Johnson said in a statement posted to the school’s website. “This gift reflects Barkley’s tremendous heart and his desire to make a significant, positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. It is a testament to the importance of the transformative impact of CAU on its students, surrounding community, the nation and beyond.”
Barkley is one of milllions who joined in to participate in Giving Tuesday, which is described as a “global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.”