The has announced a gift of more than $1 million from retired NBA star and Cal alumnus Jason Kidd to establish a scholarship fund for men's basketball players.
The gift will endow the Jason Kidd Scholarship, with the aim of alleviating financial stress and enabling the scholarship recipient to focus on his education and basketball. During his two-year collegiate career at Cal, Kidd was instrumental in taking the Golden Bears to consecutive NCAA tournaments.
The second overall pick in the NBA draft of 1994, Kidd played in the league from 1994 to 2013 and, during his career, garnered ten NBA All-Star selections, nine NBA All-Defensive Team nods, five All-NBA First Team honors, 1995 NBA Rookie of the Year co-honors, and played on two Olympic gold-medal-winning teams and one NBA Championship winning team. Kidd, who is in his third season as head coach of the , finished his NBA career second all-time in assists and steals and fifth in three-point scoring.
"We are immensely grateful to Jason and his family for this inspirational gift," said Cal athletics director Mike Williams. "With this endowed scholarship, Jason Kidd is taking a leadership role in showing everyone in the Cal family how we can provide life-changing experiences for a student-athlete."