Matthew Stafford, Kirby Smart donate $500,000 to help start social justice program at Georgia
Some coaches talk about change by issuing statements or graphics while others take action. Kirby Smart just proved he is the latter.
On Friday, Georgia announced that Matthew Stafford ($350,000) and Kirby Smart ($150,000) have donated half a million dollars to the school in order to help the university implement strategic initiatives in the areas of diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice.
According to the school, the main goal of this initiative is to “continue developing an environment that will effect meaningful change in these areas for all the Association’s members, including student-athletes, coaches and staff.”
Georgia AD Greg McGarity issued the following statement regarding the donations from Stafford and Smart:
“The generosity of Matthew and Coach Smart allows the Athletic Association to implement strategic initiatives in diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. These gifts will help the Athletic Association educate, implement dynamic programming, and execute service opportunities to achieve our goals, those being to foster critical consciousness, cultural competence and further developing change within the Athletic Association and our greater community.”
Georgia President Jere W. Morehead also provided a statement:
“I am grateful to Matthew Stafford and Coach Kirby Smart for their generous gifts to fund this important initiative and am excited about the opportunity the program presents for us to promote an inclusive culture among our student-athletes, coaches, and staff.”
— Glenn Schumann (@CoachSchuUGA) August 14, 2020