According to Chris Cwik of Yahoo! Sports, KAI Family Foundation paid off the tuition of nine Lincoln University seniors on December 10. The school, located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and founded in 1854, is credited as the first HBCU to grant degrees.
Here’s the video of Kyrie Irving telling the nine students at the HBCU Lincoln University that he was paying for their tuition via the KAI Family Foundation: pic.twitter.com/Ca3qssJvXA
— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) December 31, 2020
The gesture was part of KAI Family Foundation’s 11 Days of Giving in December. The number of days represents Irving’s Brooklyn Nets jersey number 11.
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving paid off the college tuition of nine students from an HBCU (Lincoln University) on Dec. 10 as part of his foundation’s 11 days of giving in December.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 31, 2020
Lincoln University acknowledged the organization’s good deed in a tweet.
— Lincoln University Lions Athletics (@LUL1onsAthletic) December 31, 2020
It was another turn of good fortune for Lincoln University. Last month, it received a generous $20 million gift from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Irving has been extremely generous. This past summer, the point guard committed $1.5 million to WNBA players who choose not to play due to fear of the coronavirus and/or social justice reasons.
“Whether a person decided to fight for social justice, play basketball, focus on physical or mental health, or simply connect with their families, this initiative can hopefully support their priorities and decisions,” Irving said at the time.