WEST BADEN SPRINGS, Ind. — In a sign that the decades-long rivalry between two basketball greats is far from over, former Celtics star Larry Bird has bested a donation that Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. recently made to Oakwood University and church. In response to Johnson’s $550K gift to the Huntsville, Alabama-based school, Bird has donated $650K to Indiana Academy.
Currently team president of the Indiana Pacers, Bird said that his donation was intended to show that he would “never stop competing with Magic, even if it means donating to Seventh-day Adventist schools I have never heard of.”
News of the philanthropic giving from the two NBA legends has spread like wildfire through the Adventist world, with the denomination’s universities, academies, churches and even hospitals lining up to offer the stars the chance to show the other who’s boss.
Special thanks to Bertie Wilberforce Wooster for the story idea