May 16, 2024 - News

Charles Barkley to donate $1M to New Orleans school

Photo shows Calcea Johnson working with machinery.

Calcea Johnson, pictured, is studying environmental engineering at LSU. Ne'Kiya Jackson is at Xavier and plans to enter the university's pharmacy program. Photo: Katherine Seghers for LSU

Charles Barkley says he'll donate $1 million to St. Mary's Academy in New Orleans after seeing a "60 Minutes" segment about two former students who solved an impossible math problem, according to AL.com.

The big picture: Calcea Johnson and Ne'Kiya Jackson last year came up with an answer to a Pythagorean Theorem puzzle that had stumped the math world for about 2,000 years.

What's next: Officials at St. Mary's tell WWL they are eager to hear from Barkley.

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