North Carolina men’s basketball head coach Roy Williams and his wife, Wanda, donated over $600,000 to fund scholarships for student-athletes in spring sports returning for their senior season, UNC announced in a press release on Thursday.
The donation will go to fund scholarships for student-athletes in spring sports including men’s and women’s lacrosse, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s outdoor track, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s golf.
Williams made a phone call to discuss the donation with UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham the day all spring sports competitions were canceled by the NCAA, the release said.
“He didn’t want those students to miss that experience and wanted to fund those scholarships for next year,” Cunningham said in the release. “I still get chills when I think about his phone call and the impact it would have for dozens of our students.”
On March 30, less than three weeks after the NCAA canceled all winter and spring competition, an extra year of eligibility was granted to spring sport athletes following a vote from the NCAA Division I Council.