The University of North Carolina announced NBA player Danny Green would donate $1 million toward their men’s basketball scholarship program. As a former Tar Heel, Green was apart of the UNC’s championship squad in 2009, and after spending four years in college, Green decided it’s time to give back to a place that largely impacted his career.
“It’s a great way for me to honor something that I’m very passionate about. It was an easy decision for me, because if I can help a kid and help the program that means so much to me, why wouldn’t I? Carolina is in my blood and it’s an honor to be part of it.”Danny Green, via GoHeels
His longevity at UNC enabled him to play in a record 123 wins, which is a feat only a few players can match. On top of that, Green is the only player in Tar Heel’s history to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, 100 blocks, and 100 steals. By doing all this at UNC, Green ended up on a list with James Worthy and Michael Jordan as rare players who won both the NCAA tournament and multiple NBA championships.
Green devoted this donation to Roy Williams, his head coach, during that special championship run in 2009. In a statement, Williams said Green’s love for the University is unmatched just like his, and they will forever share a special bond because of going through that together.
“Danny Green loves this University just like Roy Williams does, and I don’t think there’s anyone in the world who loves the University more than I do. To have one of my players say I want to be part of this was emotional. It’s hard to even talk about. It makes me feel like someone else believes in this place the same way that Roy and Wanda Williams do and that means so much to me.”Roy Williams, via GoHeels
Green is still making his presence felt in the NBA. After winning three championships, Green found his place with the 76ers, who are one of the leading candidates to win a title this year behind Green’s defense and prolific three-point shooting. If the stars align, Green might end up winning his fourth NBA championship, which will make him one of the most accomplished UNC players.