(WLNS) – Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is donating $3.1 million to his alma mater, Michigan State University.
Green played for Spartans Coach Tom Izzo from 2008 – 2012.
During his time at MSU, Green earned the 2012 NABC National Player of the Year and Consensus First-Team All-American award. He’s also Michigan State’s leading career rebounder (1,096 rebounds). Only three players in MSU history earned 1,000 or more career points.
Green “led MSU in scoring in 31 games, in rebounding in 78 and in assists in 45 games, says MSU.”
“Michigan State means everything to me. I grew up in Saginaw and was lucky enough to attend Michigan State University where Coach Izzo believed in me and gave me the chance to succeed. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my Spartan experience and this donation reflects my deep appreciation to the University. This donation isn’t just about me. I want more kids to have the opportunities I had thanks to Michigan State and want to use this to stimulate all Spartans to give back to the best university in the world,” said Draymond Green.
Coach Izzo said he’s “so proud of Draymond. From his time as a student-athlete, he was always thinking of people other than himself – that’s part of the reason he was so successful. I believe it’s only fitting that his name be on the weight room. He would be the first to admit that he was out of shape when he stepped on campus as a freshman. But through extraordinary commitment and effort, he transformed himself into a national player of the year.”
The donation will go the MSU’s men’s basketball program. Michigan State University says approval is pending for “The Draymond Green Strength and Conditioning Center” at the Breslin Center. Green’s gift will also fund an endowment.
“Draymond is an exemplary Spartan and we thank him for his contributions to ‘Team MSU’ as a student-athlete leader and now as a philanthropist,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “His gift will help our campus continue to be a vibrant community that attracts extraordinary student and faculty talent.”
This is the largest gift ever donated by an active pro athlete.