Giving Something Back – Steve Smith of the Portland Trail Blazers donates money to his former high school and college

Giving Something Back – Steve Smith of the Portland Trail Blazers donates money to his former high school and college – Brief Article

Portland Trail Blazers guard Steve Smith recently gave $600,000 to endow a non-athletic scholarship program for one student each year from Detroit’s Pershing High School to attend Michigan State University–both his former schools–on a full scholarship for four years. The scholarship brings Smith’s total Michigan State donations to more than $3.1 million, more than any pro athlete has given to the East Lansing school. Smith, an All-American at Michigan State and a first-round draft pick of the Miami Heat in 1991, is in his second year with the Blazers. “MSU and the scholarship are both about opportunity, an opportunity to succeed,” the NBA star said. “It’s a gift that expresses my devotion and commitment to providing an opportunity for young people to succeed.”

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