Lions’ Matthew Stafford, spouse and Kirby Smart donate $500k supporting UGA athletes
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was once a star at the University of Georgia. His wife Kelly Stafford was an athlete there as well.
Meanwhile, current Georgia football head coach Kirby Smart was an athlete at the college along with wife Mary Beth Smart.
All four have very strong ties to the university and especially the athletics department. It should come as no surprise that the group has donated money to support Bulldog athletes. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, it’s $500,000 to be exact.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford and wife Kelly, along with Georgia HC Kirby Smart and his wife Mary Beth, have endowed $500k to a social justice program supporting UGA student athletes. Both the Staffords and the Smarts were student athletes at Georgia. pic.twitter.com/8xTAvr2nnQ
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 14, 2020
The Staffords donated $350,000 and the Smarts donated another $150,000.
According to the release, via Schefter, everything is not known about the donation though. We do know that it is for a new social-justice program, but that’s about it. He says that the “specifics”of the gifts “will be forthcoming as they are finalized.”
It will be interesting to see how the money is used by the University of Georgia.
One thing is clear though. This was a very generous move by the group. Especially considering everything Matthew and Kelly Stafford have gone through over the last few years, with Kelly having a brain tumor (that she thankfully survived) and the couple expecting a fourth child.
It is not surprising to see people donate to their alma mater. And there might not be a better time for it than during a pandemic. Big schools like Georgia will likely be perfectly fine. However, they will be losing a lot of money due to the reductions in things such as classes and athletics.
Apparently, the Staffords and the Smarts noticed that. And wanted to help out by giving money to help create a very important social-justice program at the school to help student-athletes.