Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green gave back to his alma mater, Georgetown, in a major way. On Thursday, the university announced that it will receiver a $1 million donation from Green to go towards John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center, named after the former Hoyas coach who also played three seasons with the Celtics.
Green left Georgetown early when he was selected 5th overall by the Boston Celtics in 2007 after he led the Hoyas to a trip to the Final Four. Green later returned to earn a degree in English, with a minor in Theology, in 2012. The Celtics forward felt giving the seven-figure gift was the least he could do for a university that has done so much for him.
He said, “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. 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.”
Green, who also celebrated his 28th birthday on Thursday, made Thompson’s day with the donation. The former Hoyas coach spoke highly of Green and showed his gratitude for such a generous gift and also his appreciation of Green’s commitment to Georgetown.
He said in statement, “This generous gift from Jeff will help to enhance the experience of many future Georgetown student-athletes. 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.”