BASKETBALL legend Charles Barkley has pledged $1 million to Tuskegee University in Alabama, AL.com reported.
It is his fifth promise of that amount to a historically black college, following pledges in the past five years to Alabama A&M, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College in Georgia and Miles College in Alabama.
The US Department of Education has identified 107 campuses as Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Barkley, 57, grew up in Leeds, Alabama and played his college basketball at Auburn.
“I’ve been there a million times,” he told AL.com of Tuskegee.
Barkley did not put conditions on the gift but said he hopes Tuskegee uses it for academic scholarships.
According to the report, Barkley last month also donated 200 computers to Leeds High School and free wireless internet access to the students for the year.
“We’ve got to find a way to help these kids compete. If they’ve got to learn virtually and don’t have a computer or internet access, how are they going to compete in the world? I don’t want them to be left behind,” Barkley said.
Barkley played 16 seasons in the NBA after the Philadelphia 76ers selected him No. 5 overall in the 1984 NBA Draft, also starring for the Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets. He was an 11-time All-Star as well as the league MVP in 1992-93 when he averaged 25.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game.
He is an Emmy-winning studio analyst for TNT.