Jonathan Vilma Donating $450K To Miami Athletics

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Pro Bowl linebacker Jonathan Vilma is
giving $450,000 to his alma mater, Miami.

The New Orleans Saints star announced the donation Tuesday, two
days before his club opens training camp for the 2011 season. Vilma
is a Coral Gables native and played for the Hurricanes from 2000
through 2003, helping Miami win one national championship and play
for another.

Vilma's gift will go toward construction of Miami's planned
Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence. It will be an expansion
and renovation of the current Hecht Athletic Center, and his name
will be on the football players' lounge at the new complex.

Vilma led Miami in tackles in three of his four college seasons.
He says his gift "is about the future" of the Hurricanes'

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