Draymond Green donates $3.1 million to alma mater

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Golden State Warriors standout Draymond Green is donating $3.1 million to Michigan State in support of its men’s basketball program.

Green played for the Spartans and graduated in 2012. His donation, which is pending approval from the Board of Trustees, is the largest single gift to Michigan State athletics from a former Spartans athlete.

A strength and conditioning facility at the Breslin Center will be named in Green’s honor, part of a renovation to Michigan State’s home arena.

Green helped the Warriors to the NBA championship last season and then signed an $82 million, five-year contract to stay with Golden State.

In a statement sent to NBC, Green said:

“Michigan State means everything to me. I grew up in Saginaw and was lucky enough to attend Michigan State University where Coach Izzo believed in me and gave me the chance to succeed. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my Spartan experience and this donation reflects my deep appreciation to the University. This donation isn’t just about me. I want more kids to have the opportunities I had thanks to Michigan State and want to use this to stimulate all Spartans to give back to the best university in the world.”