NBA legend and beloved analyst Charles Barkley has announced he will donate $1 million to Atlanta’s Spelman College.

According to, the generous donation will be Barkley’s sixth contribution to a historically Black college or university (HBCU).

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 “I was ready to do another HBCU and with his daughter doing great things at Spelman, so I told him, ‘Why not there?'”