DC Education Blog links to an article about NBA star Gilbert Arenas pledging to donate $100 for every point he scores at Washington Wizards home games this season.
According to the NBA’s Web site: “The money will help schools pay for computers, athletic uniforms, and equipment, and fund after-school programs. According to the Washington Wizards’ website, team chairmen Abe and Irene Pollin will be doing the same for every Wizards road game. For every point Arenas scores in away games, the Pollins will give $100 to an area school.”
Arenas, who averaged 30.4 points per game at home games last year, would give local schools $124,640 if he scored at that pace this year. If Arenas really gets on a roll and averages the NBA full season record average of 50.4, set by Wilt Chamberlain, Arenas could end up giving schools $206,640. The schools can track his performance and see how much money they will get. Wizards chairman Abe Pollin and his wife Irene will match Arenas’ offer by giving $100 for each point he scores in road games.
What I’m about to say in no way is meant to discourage Arenas from doing what he wants with his money. After all, if I had any influence over how he allocated his money, I would tell him to give it to me. This is for the next philanthropist, in an NBA uniform or not, who is looking to contribute–or for Arenas, just in case he might be seeking an opinion from someone who has a differing view.
A few problems with the generous offer from Arenas:
- A positive trend in the field of education is to have the money follow the child. Arenas would be giving his money to schools rather than directly to children. Why give