In this June 19, 1984, file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern, left, shakes Charles Barkley’s hand in New York, after the former Auburn University forward was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Barkley was picked fifth in the NBA draft. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)
ATLANTA (AP) _ Clark Atlanta University has received a huge gift from NBA star Charles Barkley.
In honor of Giving Tuesday, Barkley said he would be donating $1 million to the historically Black institution. The university had set a goal of $25,000 for Giving Tuesday, an online donation event birthed from the Black Friday and Cyber Monday phenomenon.
WSB-TV (http://2wsb.tv/2gmKUod ) reports Barkley also is donating $1 million to Alabama A&M University, another historically Black school. In June 2015, Barkley donated $1 million to Morehouse College, his alma mater _ Auburn University _ and the Wounded Warrior Project in Atlanta.
Clark Atlanta President Ronald A. Johnson says Barkley’s gift reflects “his desire to make a significant, positive and lasting difference in the lives of others.”