Monday, January 25, 2016
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina -- Stephen A. Smith doesn’t mind putting his money where his mouth is when making a point on his ESPN show “First Take.”
Smith also made a point Saturday morning at a Winston-Salem State fund-raising breakfast by committing $50,000 toward his alma mater for each of the next five years.
“It’s the right thing to do,” said Smith, a 1991 graduate and former sportswriter who started at the Winston-Salem Journal as a part-time clerk when he was in college.
WSSU officials said the breakfast raised $33,000. This was the first year the fundraiser was held.
Smith said he’s proud of being a product of a historically black college, but he also said the institutions need help.
“A lot of HBCUs are hurting financially, but I’m here to tell you they are needed in a big way,” Smith said.
Smith, a member of the Big House Gaines Hall of Fame at WSSU for his service to the university, attended WSSU on a basketball scholarship but injuries limited his time on the court.