Tyler Perry surprised students at Finland Middle School in Ohio on Friday by showing up at a music concert and donating $100,000 to student athletes in the areas South-Western schools.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Perry heard about the schoolâ€™s hardship after watching an episode of â€œReal Sports with Bryant Gumbelâ€ on HBO.Â He learned that teacher Mary Mulvany started a foundation to raise money to help cover student athletic fees.
He was inspired by her efforts. So, he showed up at Findland Middle School with a $100,000 check. â€œI want to sponsor as many kids as I can,â€ Perry told onlookers–according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Ohioâ€™s South-Western schools garnered attention from the national media when athletics and extra-curricular activities were cut after a failed levy in 2009. Voters later approved the return of sports programs via a ballot request, but for a fee.
Perry wants to sponsor as many children as possible at Finland Middle School with his donation. However, he says, he would also like a portion of the money to go toward the foundation.