Prior to Jeremy Lin making his official debut as a Brooklyn Net, he made a stop at his former stomping grounds to do something very generous. On Wednesday, Lin visited Harvard University, his alma mater, and announced a $1 million gift to support undergraduate financial aid and to help with renovations to the College’s basketball arena.
Lin, who played for the Crimsons for four years and was the team’s captain in his senior year, said that Harvard prepared him for life on and off the court, and he wanted to do something to help other students receive the same education he did. Via Harvard Gazette:
“Without question, my time at Harvard prepared me well for success both on and off the court,” said Lin. “I’m honored to put that same world-class education in reach for deserving students and to support improvements to the facilities where I spent countless hours practicing and competing.”
Lin and the Nets played the Boston Celtics later that day. Although the Nets loss the game 117-122, Lin did have a good game as he tallied 18 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block. He also made two buckets from beyond the arc.
According to William R. Fitzsimmons, the school’s dean of admissions and financial aid, Lin’s donation “will strengthen the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI), through which more than half of our undergraduates receive need-based grant aid.”