Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving did it again, donating $22,000 to help a young Howard University student finish her studies at the historically Black university. According to the New York Post, Irving, 30, gave the money without any fanfare.
The student who appealed for financial help was identified as Destiny Thompson. The Civil Engineering and Mathematics student initially set up a GoFundMe to help raise $6,000 for her tuition at the school. But Irving’s huge donation meant his fellow New Jersey native received even more than she initially wanted.
Thompson expressed her gratitude to everyone who gave in an emotional Facebook post after learning of the funds earned. “I just sobbed a lot,” the Howard University student said on the video. “I’m at work, you guys. I don’t understand, I just can’t wrap my head around how generous individuals can be. I am so grateful to everyone who shared it, everyone who loved, commented, and encouraged me, and basically everyone who helped me keep going.
“I’m just so, so happy, and I’m so thankful. I never thought in a million years that anybody would give me anything, and I’m so super grateful. And I want to say thank you 1,000 times for blessing me like this Mr. Kyrie Irving. I really don’t know. I’m in shock still. I’m at work wiping down registers.”
Irving’s donation is in addition to countless other acts of kindness that he has committed. Following the murder of George Floyd, the 30-year-old NBA champion purchased a home for the Black man’s family. Former NBA great and Floyd’s friend, Stephen Jackson, broke the news of the property acquisition.
The Brooklyn Nets star also recently donated $65,000 to the family of Shanquella Robinson, a Black lady who died while on vacation in Mexico with her friends. Irving also made a $50,000 GoFundMe donation to Devin Chandler’s family. The University of Virginia football player was one of three students killed by Christopher Darnell Jones Jr.