Entertainment Sports NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley Donates $1 Million to HBCU Spelman College The donation will be Barkley's sixth to a historically Black college or university, and his first to a women's college By Natasha Dye Natasha Dye Twitter Natasha Dye is a writer-reporter for PEOPLE Digital covering sports. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 12, 2022 12:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Charles Barkley. Photo: Allen Berezovsky/FilmMagic NBA legend and beloved analyst Charles Barkley has announced he will donate $1 million to Atlanta's Spelman College. According to AL.com, the generous donation will be Barkley's sixth contribution to a historically Black college or university (HBCU). Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Barkley, 59, has a personal connection to the women's college — his longtime friend and business partner John Hudson has a daughter, Jordyn, at Spelman — and the Hall of Famer said he's seen the positive impact the school has had on Jordyn, an incoming sophomore who will serve as class president. "John has been a great mentor, a great friend, and a great business partner," Barkley told AL.com. "I was ready to do another HBCU and with his daughter doing great things at Spelman, so I told him, 'Why not there?'" NBA Legend Charles Barkley on Standing Up Against Discrimination: 'I'm Never Going to Sit Back' Hudson told AL.com that the NBA on TNT analyst is passionate about giving back. "People are aware of Charles from TNT and his NBA stardom, but I don't think people are aware of how focused he is on philanthropy and entrepreneurism," said Hudson. Barkley's friend told the outlet, "[Charles] knows how committed Jordyn is to Spelman and has seen how it has transformed her worldview." RELATED VIDEO: Charles Barkley Reveals He Hasn't 'Touched a Basketball' Since the Day He Retired Hudson added, "What can you say about someone who is so giving and charitable with their resources with all they've accomplished?" Barkley has previously donated to Alabama A&M Huntsville, Morehouse College, and Miles College in Birmingham, among others, AL.com reported. Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal Argue Over Who Would Win in a One-on-One -- and Who's Better Looking "He has a special place in his heart for Black women; I've seen him invest in Black female-owned companies," Hudson continued. "This is just another indication of Charles investing in something that is close to his heart."