*Wealthy and successful, the filmmaker and “Madea” mastermind recently donated a whopping $100K to help Ohio student athletes in the South Western City School District.
Tyler Perry surprised students during a musical concert at the Finland Middle School; when in front of 700 staff and children, he handed over a $100,000 check to the Success Beyond the Classroom Foundation.
Though it may seem random that he’d donate to a school way out in Ohio, he admits an episode of “HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” inspired his donation.
The show profiled schoolteacher Mary Mulvany who co-founded the foundation to help raise money for students who could not afford to participate in school sports.
In 2009, the school district eliminated sports programs and other extracurricular activities due to financial constraints after a failed levy. Since then, schools have been charging parents for students to participate in sports.
“How many [of you] have hopes and dreams and goals and things you want to do? Listen. Don’t let anybody stop you,” Perry said to the crowd of students–some of which were crying as they listened to his inspirational speech. The director/actor/writer shared his tough childhood story with the students telling them they are the ones who continue to inspire the work that he does.