Gift intended for upgrading weight room

Updated: March 10, 2005, 8:42 PM ET
Associated Press

RUSTON, La. -- Former NBA star Karl Malone has donated $85,000 to Louisiana Tech Bulldogs to upgrade the weight and workout area that he initiated with a contribution 10 years ago.

"It's something I wanted to do to help Louisiana Tech University's athletic program," Malone said. "It's all about giving back. Current and future athletes at Tech can hopefully benefit from having a weight room where they can improve their strength and skills."

Malone played for Tech before becoming the No. 1 draft pick of the Utah Jazz in 1985. Malone played for 19 years in the NBA, going to the All-Star game 14 times. He retired as the No. 2 scorer in league history.

Malone's donation to Louisiana Tech will result in a major revamping of the weight room that is named for him.

"Basically, it's a totally new and complete upgrade to what we have now," said strength and conditioning coordinator Yancey McKnight. "It's going to be all new equipment and top-of-the-line, the best there is out there right now. What this is going to do is get us up to par as a top-rated strength and conditioning program, the type you would find at schools like Florida State, Texas, Oklahoma and others."

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