Otis Smith makes $50,000 donation to the men's basketball program

Nov. 28, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Otis Smith Night held a big surprise for the JU athletic department as Smith announced at halftime that he was personally matching the $50,000 donation by the Otis Smith Kids Foundation.

The former Dolphin and current general manager of the Orlando Magic announced during a taped message during the special halftime presentation of his donation.

"We are extremely appreciative of Otis' gift and everything he has done for the Jacksonville community," said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander. "It is a tremendous honor to have one of our own give back in such a way that will be beneficial to student-athletes for years to come. It sets a standards for other student-athletes to give back to their alma mater."