PORTLAND, Ore. (Gray News) – “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek is his hero, so it was a no-brainer for Avi Gupta, this year’s “Jeopardy!” teen tournament champ, to donate part of his winnings to cancer research.
This week, the 18-year-old Portland native inked a check for $10,314 to the Oregon Health & Science University’s Knight Cancer Institute. Gupta pocketed $100,000 for winning the tourney.
“This is in honor of ‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek, a man who’s been a role model for me my whole life,” Gupta told KGW. “I hope it makes a difference.”
Trebek is undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer while he continues to host his show.
The 314 in Gupta’s donation is significant to him because it’s the first three digits of pi.
“To me, it represents my lifelong love of learning and mathematics that eventually led me to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’ and has propelled what I’ve been doing ever since,” Gupta said.
After graduating from high school in June, he’s now studying at Columbia University in New York.