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Jeff Green donates $1 million to Georgetown athletic department

Aug 29, 2014, 9:24 AM EDT

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Yes, Celtics forward Jeff Green is playing on a four-year, $36.24 million contract.

But he also already missed an entire season due to heart surgery. And he’s in a career where income typically stops, even for healthy players, well before they reach 40.

That’s a long way of saying $1 million is a lot of money, even to Green.

With that established, Green donated $1 million to his alma mater yesterday.

Georgetown release:

On their birthday, many people expect to receive gifts. On Thursday, Aug. 28, former Georgetown University men’s basketball All-American Jeff Green (C’12), who turns 28-years-old today, announced that he will make a $1 million gift to the athletics department for the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center.

The building is named in honor of Hall of Fame Men’s Basketball Coach John Thompson Jr., who guided the Hoyas for 27 years and influenced generations both on and off the hardwood.

As a junior, Green led Georgetown to the Final Four in 2007 and was selected with the No. 5 pick in the National Basketball Association Draft. Determined to finish his degree, Green continued attending classes during the offseason. He earned his degree in English, with a minor in theology, from Georgetown in 2012.

“I’m very fortunate to be in a position to give back to the University and to the program that has done so much for me,” Green said. “The environment created by Coach (John) Thompson III and his staff helped shape me both academically and athletically. Georgetown and Georgetown Basketball is at my core and is part of who I am.

“Georgetown athletes are going to get the chance to work and develop in a world-class, state-of-the-art facility. The Thompson Athletics Center will be the best in the country.”

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Thompson Athletics Center is scheduled for September 12, 2014. Green’s contribution is part of the $62 million project that will be completely supported through philanthropy.

“This generous gift from Jeff will help to enhance the experience of many future Georgetown student-athletes,” Head Coach John Thompson II said. “Jeff’s commitment to our school and to our program speaks not only to his experiences as a student and an athlete here, but gives a small glimpse into who he is as a person. We’re very fortunate to have Jeff Green represent this institution.”

The four-story, 144,000-square-foot Thompson Athletics Center will be constructed adjacent to McDonough Arena and include practice courts, team meeting rooms, men’s and women’s basketball coaches’ offices, and weight-training and sports medicine rooms for all varsity athletes. The new facility also includes a Student-Athlete Academic and Leadership Center, an auditorium, team meeting facilities for varsity programs and a new venue for the Georgetown Athletics Hall of Fame.

Good for Green for giving to a cause he deemed worthy. He can spend his money how he wants, and I’m sure he sees value in the university.

I’ll bite my tongue about the virtue of donating to a profit-generating entity like Georgetown Basketball, which – due to NCAA rules – doesn’t adequately adequately pay its employees (players) and therefore has extra money laying around.

But the idea of paying it forward to the next generation, especially when it’s through an institution that benefitted you? I can get behind that.

  1. avb300 - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    What an idiot. Sure…give a million to a school and a system that makes hundreds of millions of of students.

    Forget cancer research and other worthy causes and give back to a school with over a billion in endowment.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Hard to disagree with you avb. Any other D1 school would put him in the position he’s in right now – NBA player making millions.

      Can’t he just give that money to his family? I’m sure G-Town doesn’t need the money that much either.

      • mattness11 - Oct 27, 2014 at 3:27 AM

        It’s not some random donation — the money specifically goes towards the athletics department for the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center. I’m sure Green doesn’t care about the school or the department for that matter, as much as he cares that his beloved coach’s legacy lives on through his namesake facility. If you ever had a teacher, coach or mentor that changed your life, you might understand. Besides, I’m sure the donation gives him perks on top of what he already enjoys as distinguished alumnus.

  2. mp4philly - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Pretty shortsighted on your part. Income may stop or drastically be reduced before 40 but you’re overlooking the tax benefits and the fact that he’ll have a cushy and likely well paying job for life at Georgetown once his playing days are over.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      Yep, you really bit your tongue there sir…

      (no worries, I liked what you did there and do that often too…)

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      @ mp4philly

      sorry, meant to say that as a new response, not in reply to yours…

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM


  3. nicktomfrank - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Jeff Green’s heart might be fine now but he certainly needs his head checked.

  4. timb12 - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    But I think we’re all dying to know if he did the ALS bucket challenge.

  5. 5xchamp24 - Aug 29, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    He could have given the money to some kids who wanted to go to Georgetown but couldn’t afford it. I’m not impressed at all.

  6. csbanter - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Obviously G’Town meant alot to him and he never forgot them. Sure he could’ve probably given it to a more worthy charity, but it’s his money.

  7. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    you must have bit your tongue while you were typing the words

  8. djshnooks - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    That’s nice and all…but I think Carmelo donated an entire gymnasium to Syracuse.

    It’s even named after him, lol.

    Syracuse tops Georgetown, again! :-p

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