Celtics forward Jeff Green celebrated his 28th birthday on Thursday in a unique way: by making a $1 million donation to his alma mater.
Georgetown University announced the news on their website, noting that Green would be making the sizable contribution in order to help the school fund the new John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center. Construction on the $62 million project, which will consist of athletic courts and offices for the athletic program, will begin in September and will be paid for solely via donations to the school. Green’s agent David Falk and former Georgetown center Patrick Ewing combined to make a $3.3 million contribution earlier this week to the project as well.
Green spoke about the donation in a release on theschool’s website.
“I’m very fortunate to be in a position to give back to the University and to the program that has done so much for me,” Green said. “The environment created by Coach (John) Thompson III and his staff helped shape me both academically and athletically. Georgetown and Georgetown Basketball is at my core and is part of who I am. Georgetown athletes are going to get the chance to work and develop in a world-class, state-of-the-art facility. The Thompson Athletics Center will be the best in the country.”
Green played basketball for three seasons at Georgetown and was an all-American as well as Big East Player of the Year during his junior season in 2007. Alongside Roy Hibbert, Green led the Hoyas to the Final Four that year before bowing out to Greg Oden and the Ohio State Buckeyes in the National Semifinals. Green turned pro in the summer of 2007, but he completed his degree in 2012 at Georgetown after taking summer classes.
Green has earned nearly $31.7 million over his six-year NBA career in Seattle, Oklahoma City, and Boston. He is entering the third year of a four-year contract with the Celtics.