By: Kyle Daniels
Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston donated $50,000 to the Miles College football program.
Early this week, the school’s athletic department announced the generous gift in a news release. They also mentioned that the funds will be used for upgrades within the football program.
“I am so honored to support Miles College,” said Winston. “Although I did not attend Miles College, we’ve had a long-standing relationship that has allowed me to touch the lives of thousands of youth from Birmingham and around the country. Miles has always had a special place in my heart because my mom is an alumna of this prestigious HBCU.”
Bobbie Knight, the schools interim president has garnered great support in her role. She shared, “Having someone of Jameis’ stature selflessly contribute to our growth here at Miles gives credence to what we are trying to accomplish, which is to give our student-athletes the best collegiate experience possible. This investment in our students will continue to show up on the playing fields and in our classrooms.”
Winston, a Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 selection in the 2015 National Football League draft, has hosted his Dream Forever Foundation’s football camp at Miles College since 2017. It’s an initiative focused on football, education and fun for the youth of Birmingham, Alabama.
“We are so appreciative of the support Jameis has given to Miles College,” Miles football coach and athletic director Reginald Ruffin said in the news release. “His financial donation will have a tremendous impact on our athletic department as we try to achieve our next level of excellence.”