Former NBA superstar Charles Barkley surprised students at a historically Black college, Miles College, with a $1 million donation.
Miles College president, Bobbie Knight, said Barkley’s contribution was the largest individual gift the institution had ever received in its 122-year history, adding that the funds will be used to launch a comprehensive campaign to raise $100 million.
“It’s great that he thinks enough of us to donate a million dollars,” Knight said. “What Barkley has done helps lay the foundation for the campaign.”
Founded in 1898, Miles College is a historically Black college and university (HBCU) in Fairfield, Alabama.
The donation to Miles College is Barkley’s fourth major donation to an HBCU.
In 2016, Barkley donated $1 million to both Alabama A&M in Huntsville and Clark Atlanta University. In 2017, he donated $1 million to Morehouse College in Atlanta.
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“I’ve gotten to know Bobbie Knight over the last year and it was something I really wanted to do,” Barkley told CNN, adding that Knight was a friend.
“To have a female president is a big deal. I want to help Bobbie be as successful as she can be.”
Barkley, who was voted one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, played in the NBA for 16 seasons and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
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