Pro football Hall of Famer and retired New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan donated $100,000 to Texas Southern University's "Ocean of Soul" marching band on June 25.
Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan donated $100,000 to his alma mater Texas Southern University on June 25.
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More specifically, the amount will go to the university's marching band, "Ocean of Soul," which will play at Strahan's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, per Houston's ABC 13 Eyewitness News:
"Texas Southern University alumnus Michael Strahan is offering his alma mater's marching band some big-time help.
"Strahan announced Tuesday morning on ABC's 'Live with Kelly and Michael!' that he will donate $100,000 to help the 'Ocean of Soul' marching band get to Canton, Ohio in August. The band is trying to get there to play for Strahan's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Earlier this month, comedian Kevin Hart pledged to donate $50,000 to the band.
"'We have a special edge. We bring things out to light that other bands cannot bring,' drum major Darius Harris said.
"Eva Pickens, TSU's Associate Vice President, who is leading the initiative, said the band's goal was to raise $150,000 in three days.
"'If we surpass our goal, monies will be used for scholarships to band students,' Pickens said in a release.
"In Southwest Houston, Strahan's high school, Westbury, also will perform in Ohio. This band, who you might have seen at the rodeo or other parades, raised money with bake sales and car washes. The school district covered many of the costs."
Click2Houston.com's Danielle Wilson interviewed TSU band director Richard Lee, who said,"This is an exciting opportunity, and wel'll be seen by a number of people that have never seen this band before, so we want to make sure we give them an excellent performance as we always do."
Strahan made the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2014 class in February, per The New York Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel:
"Michael Strahan never acted upset and shocked when he was snubbed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame last February. So maybe it was fitting that when he did make it to Canton on Saturday night, he never acted as if it mattered.
"The Giants all-time leader in sacks graciously accepted the honor. And then, he put a vicious swim move on everyone and headed elsewhere.
"Strahan was named to Canton's Class of 2014 during the NFL Honors awards show at Radio City Music Hall, making it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility. He was joined by Tampa Bay Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks, Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones, Buffalo Bills receiver Andre Reed and Cardinals cornerback Aeneas Williams in the modern-day class.
"(Oakland) Raiders legend Ray Guy, the first punter headed to Canton, and Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey also made it as Veterans Committee candidates."
In a statement issued by the Giants (via The New York Daily News), Strahan said,"I'm excited to have made it and to join the other members of the Hall of Fame. That's all you can ask for, to be with a group like this and I'm honored to be with this group."
Strahan played in 15 NFL seasons -- all with the Giants -- and finished with 851 tackles, 141.5 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, 15 fumble recoveries and four interceptions, per ESPN stats.
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