Lin kicks in $1m

Bas­ket­ball player do­nates to fix gym at his alma mater Har­vard

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE -

Jeremy Lin, point guard for the Brook­lyn Nets, an­nounced he would be do­nat­ing $1 mil­lion to Har­vard Univer­sity, which he at­tended as a col­lege ath­lete.

The fund will be used to sup­port the school’s un­der­grad­u­ate fi­nan­cial aid and ren­o­vate its bas­ket­ball arena.

“With­out ques­tion, my time at Har­vard pre­pared me well for suc­cess both on and off the court,” said Lin in a state­ment. “I’m honored to put that same world-class ed­u­ca­tion within reach for de­serv­ing stu­dents and to sup­port im­prove­ments to the fa­cil­i­ties where I spent count­less hours prac­tic­ing and com­pet­ing.”

Wil­liam R. Fitzsim­mons, Har­vard Col­lege dean of ad­mis­sions and fi­nan­cial aid, said, “I find it in­spir­ing to see the com­mit­ment to fi­nan­cial aid and Ath­let­ics that Har­vard Col­lege and Jeremy share. His gen­eros­ity will strengthen the Har­vard Fi­nan­cial Aid Ini­tia­tive (HFAI), through which more than half of our un­der­grad­u­ates re­ceive need-based grant aid.”

Lin played for the Har­vard men’s bas­ket­ball team from 2006 to 2010, served as team cap­tain his se­nior year, and was a three-time All-Ivy League se­lec­tion. He was also the first player in Ivy League his­tory to record 1,450 points (1,483), 450 re­bounds (487), 400 as­sists (406), and 200 steals (225).

“I was for­tu­nate to have coached such a re­mark­able per­son as Jeremy and I truly be­lieve his com­mit­ment will al­low us to bet­ter serve our cam­pus com­mu­nity, en­er­gize cur­rent stu­dents, and ex­cite fu­ture Har­vard schol­ars and ath­letes.” Said Thomas G. Stem­berg, coach for Har­vard Men’s Bas­ket­ball team.

The 28-yer-old Chi­nese Amer­i­can used to play for Golden State War­riors, New York Knicks, Hous­ton Rock­ets, Los An­ge­les Lakers, Char­lotte Hornets.

In 2012, Lin shot to fame when he led a win­ning turn­around for the New York Knicks and in­spired the “Lin­san­ity” ma­nia. He signed with the Brook­lyn Nets in July 2016.

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Brook­lyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin drives to bas­ket past Bos­ton Celtics’ Jor­dan Mickey in NBA game at TD Gar­den in Bos­ton on Oct 17. Lin is giv­ing $1 mil­lion to his alma mater, Har­vard.

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