On March 21, shortly after the Jazz played the Hawks in Atlanta, Donovan Mitchell surprised his fourth grade teacher and her daughter with a $25,000 scholarship check for her final year of college. The gift was a joint donation from Donovan’s SPIDACARES foundation, Adidas, and Foot Locker.
Donovan has long known the Peart/Brooks family as Deborah Peart was his fourth grade teacher at Greenwich Country Day School, Connecticut. Her daughter Naja Brooks, who is also a GCDS alum, currently attends Savannah College of Arts and Design.
Earlier in the day, Deborah and Naja were treated to shopping at Foot Locker and courtside tickets to the game. After warmups, Donovan gave Naja a pair of signed Asterisk Collective Tresc Runs. This memorable day held one more special surprise for Naja: when Donovan handed her the scholarship check, she was overcome with emotion, knowing what a difference it would make to her family and to her education.
Donovan’s foundation SPIDACARES is dedicated to empowering women and positively impacting communities by leveling the playing field in health, education, and athletics for children and their families. Donovan is also committed to making change through acts of kindness as one of the six initial creative ambassadors of The Asterisk Collective, a platform launched by Foot Locker in partnership with Adidas to help creators spread positivity, support their communities, and inspire others to be true to themselves.
“They were there for us when I was younger,” says Donovan. “I’m just really happy to give back.”