A.J. Green gives back to Georgia

Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receiver A.J. Green has endowed two scholarships at the University of Georgia. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Former Summerville High School star A.J. Green is giving back to the University of Georgia through two endowed scholarships at his former college.

Green, now an All-Pro receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals, and his family have announced the A.J. Green Family Football Scholarship and the A.J. Green Family Scholarships.

The football scholarship will support a member of the Bulldogs’ football team, while the A.J. Green Family Scholarships are earmarked to help two UGA students with financial needs, with first preference going to students from the state of South Carolina.

Green and his wife, Miranda, and parents, Dora and Woodrow, will be honored at Georgia’s Nov. 7 game against Kentucky.

“I’m very excited and very thankful that we were in the position to give back to the University of Georgia,” said Green, who played at Georgia from 2008-10. “My time at UGA is still close to my heart. It was definitely important for me to give back while I’m still playing professionally and I’m fortunate that we are able to do that.”

Green cited the influence of former basketball and football coach Louis Mulkey, a fireman who died in the Sofa Super Store fire in Charleston in 2007.

“His big thing was helping kids realize their full potential,” Green said. “He pushed me every day to become the best I could be, on and off the field. By giving back, and having the opportunity to pay the way for somebody who otherwise couldn’t, is a great way for me to help them realize their potential. That was very important to me.”

The A.J. Green Family Scholarship will help at least two UGA students with financial need, with first preference given to honors students from South Carolina. Second preference will go to similar students from the metro Atlanta area. Recipients will be chosen by the school’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

“We are deeply appreciative of A.J. and his wife Miranda for this wonderful gift,” said Georgia football coach Mark Richt. “With this gift, they are creating a tremendous legacy — of giving back and helping the next young person fulfill his or her dreams. Their generosity will endure for years to come.

“A.J. continues to be a great ambassador for Georgia. We see him on Sundays in the NFL with tremendous pride, knowing that he’s still a big part of our UGA family. He’s now in position to serve as a role model for all of our players from the present, past and future.”

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