Kyrie Irving’s KAI Family Foundation has been particularly active during the COVID-19 pandemic. SInce March, Irving has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to food banks, hundreds of thousands of meals to hungry, thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment to his late mom’s Sioux nation in the Dakotas as well as $1.5 million to help those WNBA players who couldn’t participate in the Bradenton “wubble.”
He also has personally distributed Thanksgiving turkeys to disadvantaged families in his two New York area “hometowns,” one in New Jersey, the other in the Bronx.
Now, with the holiday season upon us, Irving has broadened his giving with his “11 Days of Giving,” As Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson reports Friday, the list is varied...
—Donating school supplies to 25 teenage girls in Kenya, Africa
—Donating 100 Book Bags to kids is Newark, NJ
—Donating money to Moms of Black Boys United for Social Change. In Brooklyn, N.Y.
And in the most dramatic move, Irving agreed to pay the tuition of nine students at Lincoln University, a historically black university in Pennsylvania. Here, as tweeted by Alex Schiffer, is the video of the students’ reaction...
Here’s the video of Kyrie Irving telling the nine students at the HBCU Lincoln University that he was paying for their tuition via the KAI Family Foundation: pic.twitter.com/Ca3qssJvXA— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) December 31, 2020
Irving made the donation December 10, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.but not revealed until Thursday. The “11 Days of Giving” ran from December 1 through 11.
“I’m grateful for all you young leaders,” Irving told the students in a video released by KAI Family Foundation. “I wouldn’t be sitting in my position and embracing who I am without knowing where I come from and people helping me along the way, so just paying it forward. I’ve committed to my service a long time ago and I’m walking the steps now and I want the same for others.”
Good for him.
- Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving Pays Off Tuition For Nine Students At HBCU Lincoln University - Adam Zagoria - Forbes Sports Money
- Kyrie Irving Pays Off Tuition For 9 Lincoln University Students - Paul Meara - BET