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Ndamukong Suh donates $250,000 to former high school
10:08 PM, May 2, 2013
10:11 PM, May 2, 2013
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh donated $250,000 to his former high school in Portland, OR to help pay for the construction of a new football field and track.
A 2005 graduate of Grant High School, Suh was motivated to give back so future generations could enjoy the benefits of better facilities.
LISTEN TO SUH'S COMMENTS IN PLAYER TO THE LEFT
"I see it as an opportunity to pay it forward for the kids that are there now," said Suh. "It's exciting to be a part of it - a very proud moment for myself and my family especially, being able to bridge the gap and make sure this facility gets done for Grant football as well as Grant track."
A number of businesses contributed to the project, which is estimated to cost close to $2 million to complete. Nike, one of Suh's sponsors, also donated $350,000.
"I really see Nike as one of my best and biggest partners and they've held true to that on many different levels," said Suh. "They do this not only for Grant High School but a lot of other interscholastic schools around the country.
"It means a little bit more because it's in their backyard, obviously the company being from Oregon, up in Beaverton."
Suh recalled his time at Grant, less than a decade ago, and tried to put himself in the shoes of the student-athletes who will benefit from his generosity.
"I look forward to being able to come back to games and I have little sisters who, you never know, might be on that field playing there some day - soccer or whatever it may be," said Suh.
"I want the kids to understand that I was just like them. Eight, ten years ago I was just like them, walking through those same halls and learning from the same exact teachers. It's funny that I get to be able to do something this special."