According to ABC News on Tuesday, two generous celebrities are helping Texas Southern University's marching band that needs $150,000 to go to Canton, Ohio later this summer. The band is trying to get there to play for Michael Strahan's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The marching band's goal was to raise the funds in 30 days.
Earlier this month, actor and comedian Kevin Hart pledged on the Tom Joyner Morning Show to donate $50,000 to Texas Southern University‘s Ocean of Soul marching band. The news of the pledge was confirmed by TSU’s Alumni Relations.
Strahan, 42, is an alumnus of TSU. He announced on his daytime morning talk show, "Live with Kelly and Michael" today that he is offering his alma mater's marching band some big help to the tune of $100,000. This means the "Ocean of Soul" marching band has met its goal and will be able to travel to perform for Strahan's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Strahan spent his entire 15-year career playing for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). Strahan did not get voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013, his first year of eligibility. The second time around was a charm for him to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 on Feb. 1. However, the actual induction is not until Aug. 1 through Aug. 3.
To honor his achievement and to celebrate Tiger pride, the Ocean of Soul marching band has been invited to participate in the prestigious Enshrinement Celebration by leading the Grand Parade through downtown Canton and performing at the Fan Appreciation Tailgate Party on the Hall of Fame Campus.
The Tom Joyner Morning Show will be in Houston this coming Friday hosting live from The Breakfast Klub and later at Grooves for Happy Hour to raise money for Texas Southern University’s Ocean of Soul. With the amount that Hart and Strahan have pledged, this will be in excess to what the band needs. TSU's Associate Vice President Eva Pickens, who is leading the initiative, said in a release, "If we surpass our goal, monies will be used for scholarships to band students."