Episode 5

HBCU's Rising

Student Philanthropists at North Carolina A&T

J.R. Smith taps in with two fellow Aggies, Will Teasley, and star football player, Jacob Roberts, to listen and learn about how they're making a difference in their communities. Teasley created the Swipe Out Hunger program, which allows students to donate unused meals on their meal plans to benefit those in need. And, Jacob Roberts started his own back to school drive, donating school supplies to better equip students in the classroom. J.R. Smith lets these two rising stars know he is in the fight with them, and gives them a nudge by way of a $10,000 donation, courtesy of Toyota, to help power their charitable efforts.

We have to raise these people to the status level of someone who would win a championship in a sport, or be highlighted in a film –we need to praise someone who is giving themself to a community in a positive way.

J.R. Smith

About the series

J.R. Smith invested his post-NBA free time into evolving himself. Attending an HBCU and chasing his passion in golf is teaching Swish about the pride and responsibility that comes with an HBCU education. The past, present, and future of black history are all connected. Check out this series about the rising relevance of HBCUs in partnership with Toyota Tundra.