Apr 19, 2024 - News

Eagles Jalen Hurts cuts $200K check to Philly schools

Jalen Hurts tosses a touchdown for the Philly school district with a $200,000 donation for air conditioners.

A touchdown for the Philly school district. Photo: James Gilbert/Getty Images

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts airs it out on the field — and now he's doing it in the classroom by contributing $200,000 to the School District of Philadelphia to purchase air-conditioning units.

Why it matters: More than half of the district's 218 schools lack adequate cooling systems, which has led to early dismissals during heat waves.

Driving the news: Hurts' donation will buy 10 district schools air conditioners, including Clara Barton, Gloria Casarez and Castor Gardens, per a district news release.

  • The Eagles quarterback and superintendent Tony Watlington will gather for a 10am news conference today to unveil the donation.

What they're saying: District spokesperson Christina Clark declined to provide more details before the event.

State of play: Many district buildings lack the electrical capacity to upgrade cooling systems because they're too old.

  • That means staff and students have had to endure sweltering heat in classrooms during hot days, even in classrooms with window air-conditioning units.

By the numbers: The donation is less than a percent of the $51 million that Hurts is expected to haul in over each of the next five years after signing a $255 million extension with the Eagles in 2023.

What's next: The district is expected to add air conditioning in every school by 2027.

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