CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WWBT) - The University of Virginia men’s basketball coach not only declined a pay raise recently, he and his wife also made a half-million dollar pledge to a career-development program for current and former players.
“I have more than I need,” Tony Bennett told UVA Today. “I’m blessed beyond what I deserve.”
Bennett’s 10th season at UVA concluded this past spring with the program’s first NCAA title. It was also UVA’s first Final Four appearance in 35 years.
“I know I’m a little biased, but I think it’s one of the greatest sports stories ever told,” Bennett said during a gala Friday night at John Paul Jones Arena.
UVA Today reports that Athletics Director Carla Williams met with Bennett to discuss revising his contract to include a raise, but he declined.
“This just does not happen in our industry,” Williams said.
As for the $500,000 pledge for the career-development program, Bennett told UVA Today that the idea was his wife’s.
“She’s always said, ‘Is there something we can do that can make a difference?’ That’s been on her heart and mind, and we’ve talked about it a lot,” he said.
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