Thank youÂ Richard Jefferson of the New Jersey Nets for pledging $3.5 million to Arizona‘s new $14 million basketball/volleyball practice facility.Â In giving back to his alma mater, Jefferson said: “A lot of players owe a lot to coach Olson …We’ve all learned the game of basketball and they’ve allowed us to go to the NBA and to make the money…It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a practice facility of this type.”
While some have arguedÂ that sizable donations that typically go to universities may hold more significance ifÂ pledged to other causes, nothing but praise should be given to any individual whoÂ genorously gives back to the educational institution that helpedÂ them becomeÂ successful.
Kudos to ESPN who was one of the ONLY national mainstream media web outlet to pick up this story.Â The only other mainstream sites that we have seen give it mention was USA TodayÂ and MSN.Â ESPN also reminds us of other bigtime college donations including:
– CarmeloÂ Anthony $3 million to Syracuse (one of many separate donations on Carmelo’s part)
– Steve Smith gave $2.5 million to Michigan State.
–Â Alex Rodriguez donated $3.9 million to the University of Miami even though he never actually playedÂ ball for them.
Shame on the other Mainstream Outlets! Two days have past since ESPN posted the story, and almostÂ none of theÂ other mainstream websites such as Sports Illustrated-CNN, FoxSports, Yahoo Sports, CBS Sportsline, or many others felt it important enough to follow suit. However, almost all of these sites DID pick up anotherÂ story that same day about Miami Heat player James Posey reaching a plea deal in his DUI case.Â COSELLOUT has specifically taken ESPN to task in the past for continually ignoring “good stories”, however, this is one more example of how the problem is far bigger thanÂ one sports outlet.Â And lets hope that ESPN’s coverage marks the beginning of a trendÂ and not an aberration as The World Wide Leader.Â