Charles Barkley continues to contribute to HBCUs.
The Professional Basketball Corridor of Famer and NBA on TNT analyst supplied what was described as “a beneficiant and transformative” donation to Bethune-Cookman College within the first installment of a $1 million pledge.
Reggie Theus, B-CU athletic director and males’s basketball coach, known as the donation “a sport changer.”
The spotlight of that help was introduced in April, when Theus and his employees broke floor on a brand new on-campus turf observe facility to accommodate Bethune-Cookman soccer which is ready to start internet hosting the Wildcats this fall.
Barkley’s generosity allowed Theus to garner help for the athletic division companions akin to Musco Lighting, The Honey Bear Undertaking, and SCG Fields LLC. These companies have been instrumental within the building of the observe area, partnering straight with B-CU by way of value reductions and gifts-in-kind to indicate help, the varsity mentioned.
“Progress is required in every single place on campus,” Theus mentioned. “I got here right here to make a distinction, and that’s what I intend to do. We’ve got so many wants, however none extra vital than the necessity to construct sustainable partnerships. The record is lengthy, and it’s getting longer. I’m searching for donors for a brand new monitor, basketball area, locker rooms for our soccer workforce, and extra.
“It’s a mountain to climb, and I’m on the backside. Due to The Barkley Basis and others, I’m not alone. B-CU can and can appeal to extra donors like Barkley, who need to make a distinction and proceed a legacy began in 1904 by a decided Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.”