Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Le’Veon Bell, made a huge contribution to his high school this week.
The Ohio native never forgot his roots, even after making it to the NFL. On Wednesday, May 24, Bell donated $750,000 to his former high school, Groveport-Madison High School in Ohio, to help build a turf field.
Like plenty of athletes, Bell looked at his starting point when thinking of ways to give back. Set to make $12.1 million off his franchise tag this season, Bell used a small sum of that money to help his hometown community revamp their playing field.
“This is an incredible gift to the Groveport Madison Schools community,” Groveport Madison Superintendent, Bruce Hoover, told ABC6. “Le’Veon and his mother, Lisa, give credit to many people at GMHS, most particularly to coach Bryan Schoonover, for helping Le’Veon during his high school years.”
On top of the donation, Bell started a non-profit called “Bell’s Boys Initiatives.” This will incorporate sportsmanship and leadership into the lives of kids throughout his hometown.
Bell has made countless Steelers fans fall in love since joining the team, and now, he’s gained even more fans. The former Michigan State star is using the opportunities he’s been provided to give back to the people who helped him get to where he is.
This kind gesture isn’t going unnoticed. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, these types of acts are something they’re always looking for in players. While they discuss a long-term deal for the star running back, this donation could give him a little boost in his next paycheck.