Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell showed tremendous generosity by donating $750,000 to Groveport Madison high school.
Bell played football, basketball and ran track at Groveport Madison from 2006-09. Giving back to the community that helped him become a superstar is something he obviously feels strongly about. In addition to the quarter-million-dollar gift, Bell is setting up “Bell’s Boys Initiatives,” per ABC6 in Groveport, Ohio. This will give young men the opportunity to develop sportsmanship and leadership.
“This is an incredible gift to the Groveport Madison Schools community,” said Superintendent Bruce Hoover, via ABC6. “Le’Veon and his mother, Lisa, give credit to many people at GMHS, most particularly to coach Bryan Schoonover, for helping Le’Veon during his high school years. This gift speaks to the power of strong, trusting relationships between our students and staff. It also demonstrates the power and connection between our schools and our alumni – and what it means to be a Cruiser.”
Cruiser Stadium field will now be known as Le’Veon Bell Field.
Bell is coming off a spectacular season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite missing four games, he totaled 1.884 yards (157 yards per game) and scored nine touchdowns. Bell was unstoppable during the playoffs, rushing for 337 yards and two touchdowns in the first two postseason games.
Unfortunately, a groin injury hampered his ability to contribute in the AFC Championship Game, which turned into a blowout win for the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
The Steelers’ running back signed his franchise tag this offseason, which will pay him $12.1 million guaranteed. He and the team are both interested in working out a long-term deal that keeps him from leaving Pittsburgh any time soon.