Current and former Ole Miss football stars leading COVID-19 charitable donations

Published 2:22 pm Friday, April 10, 2020

Ole Miss announced on Thursday that head coach Lane Kiffin is donating $20,000 to Rebel Aid, part of a $50,000 gift from several university athletics leaders to help those struggling under the conditions presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, he’s not the only current or former Rebel making big contributions.

Former Oxford High and Ole Miss star DK Metcalf will donate $50,000 himself to COVID-19 relief efforts, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Metcalf is donating $25,000 to the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, where he plays for the Seattle Seahawks, and $25,000 to fund the purchase of meals for Oxonians in need.

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In addition to Kiffin’s gift, others contributing include athletics director Keith Carter, basketball coaches Kermit Davis and Yolett McPhee-McCuin and baseball coach Mike Bianco.

“Like millions of Americans, many of our student-athletes, including several on our football team, are suffering as a result of the coronavirus,” Kiffin said. “I am proud to lend a hand with others in our athletics department during these challenging times. I encourage the rest of the Ole Miss family to join us in helping our Rebels.”

Most of the coaches’ contributions will be funneled toward the Fins Up Fund, providing financial assistance to Ole Miss student athletes during this COVID-19 crisis. Another portion will go toward serving the campus; most urgent student needs.

All of these contributions join with former Rebel Laremy Tunsil’s earlier pledge to donate up to $250,000 to coronavirus relief in his hometown of Lake City, Fla. and current residence of Houston.