Robert Covington Gifts 2 Tennessee State Students $25K Scholarships at ASG

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2021

Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Denver. The Nuggets won 111-106. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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The 2021 NBA All-Star festivities are all about recognizing and supporting historically Black colleges and universities, and Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington did what he could to help.

Before competing in Sunday's Skills Competition, Covington announced he was providing a $25,000 scholarship to two students from his alma mater, Tennessee State:  

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Robert Covington surprises two students from his alma matter Tennessee State with $25K scholarships each 🙏 https://t.co/6bYNHte6Bx

Covington played at Tennessee State from the 2009-10 season through the 2012-13 campaign and averaged 14.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks while shooting 42.2 percent from three-point range.

He has since played for the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Trail Blazers during his NBA career and is now helping the next generation of students at his alma mater.