Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston recently blessed an HBCU in Alabama with a sizeable financial donation. The $50,000 donation will help to boost the black college’s athletic department, according to HBCU Gameday.
This comes after Charles Barkley, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 for his individual career, and also in 2010 as a member of the “Dream Team,” blessed Miles College in Fairfield with a $1 million donation.
Since he had never felt the black college experience, he could not forget to give back to one of these institutions, and in particular Miles, Winston said, adding, “I am so honored to support Miles College.”
He continued, “Although I did not attend Miles College, we’ve had a longstanding relationship that has allowed me to touch the lives of thousands of youth from Birmingham and around the country. Miles has always had a special place in my heart because my mom is an alumna of this prestigious HBCU.”
President Bobbie Knight said that his donation only points to the richness of Miles and their athletic department. “Having someone of Jameis’ stature selflessly contribute to our growth here at Miles gives credence to what we are trying to accomplish, which is to give our student-athletes the best collegiate experience possible,” he said.
Winston has hosted his Dream Foundation Football Camp at the school since 2016.
Miles College is a private liberal arts HBCU and was established in 1898.
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