Acts of Kindness: Scholarship Gift


On March 21, after the Jazz played the Hawks in Atlanta, Donovan Mitchell surprised his fourth grade teacher and her daughter with a $25,000 scholarship check. The gift was a joint donation from Donovan’s SPIDACARES foundation, Adidas, and Foot Locker.

Deborah Peart was Mitchell’s fourth grade teacher at Greenwich Country Day School, and her daughter Naja Brooks 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 Brooks his signed Asterisk Collective Tresc Runs. Following the game, when Donovan gave her the scholarship check, Brooks 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.”