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Robert Covington giving back to his alma mater, Tennessee State University

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As NBA forward Robert Covington makes his way to Portland after the Blazers-Rockets trade news broke Monday night, Covington has been helping out his alma mater Tennessee State University.

Last week it was announced that Covington is aiding in funding a major project on campus.

Covington is donating a million dollars in helping to develop a future practice facility for both the men's and women's basketball teams.

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After graduating from TSU in 2013, he discussed with Rachel Nichols of ESPN’s 'The Jump' that he wanted to pay it forward at a place that helped him do so much.

For me, being able to give back and do my part – it’s time. I’m here in this city a lot… For me to do this for my alma mater it’s a big thing.

Robert Covington on 'The Jump'

Tennessee State is one of the top historically Black colleges and universities in the country. Covington mentioned he wants his HBCU school to have similar facilities as other colleges. 


“Now it’s my time to give back and help them elevate themselves,” Covington said. “This whole movement with HBCUs and having that -- why can’t we have the same access to the same facilities and everything that these other universities have?” 

Covington played four seasons for the Tigers in the Ohio Valley Conference averaging 14.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

He and 76ers big man Kyle O’Quinn, who attended Norfolk State are the only two players in the NBA who attended HBCU colleges.

Construction on the new TSU practice facility is slated to begin in spring of 2021.