The Celtics forward donated $1 million to Georgetown University, according to a press release from the school. His donation will go toward the projected $62 million John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center.
While Green has made an estimated $31.7 million in his six-year NBA career since leaving the Hoyas in 2007, the donation is no small chunk of change, even considering his $9.45 million salary this season.
Green spent three seasons under John Thompson III at Georgetown from 2004-07, leading the Hoyas to the Final Four in his third season, and returned to school each summer until graduating with an English degree in 2012.
“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 Thursday, his 28th birthday. “The environment created by Coach 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.”
A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Sept. 12, when construction on the 144,000-square-foot facility will begin. The center will include practice courts, team meeting rooms, basketball coaching offices, weight and sports medicine rooms, an academic and leadership Center, an auditorium and a new venue for the Georgetown Athletics Hall of Fame, of which Green is not currently a member.