ESPN media personality, Stephen A. Smith, has stepped up and put his money where his mouth is in a big way.

He announced that he was committing $250,000 to his alma mater, Winston-Salem State University, over the course of five years. Smith aims to have half of the annual $50,000 gift go towards athletics and the other half towards the Mass Communications department.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Smith, a 1991 graduate and former sportswriter who started at the Winston-Salem Journal as a part-time clerk when he was in college. He's definitely proud of being an HBCU grad and wanted to give back as these institution need help. 

“A lot of HBCUs are hurting financially, but I’m here to tell you they are needed in a big way,” Smith said.

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