OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors guard Derek Fisher donated
$700,000 to Arkansas-Little Rock on Monday night, and a new
auxiliary gym on the campus of his alma mater will carry his last
Fisher presented a giant check to the school's athletic
director, Chris Peterson, before the Warriors hosted the Los
Angeles Lakers, Fisher's former team.
Most of the money will go to establish and fund the "Fisher
Fellows" program, which will provide guidance to children from
nearby Southwest Middle School to better prepare them for high
school with the goal of going to college. The students will be
paired with student-athletes from Arkansas-Little Rock to learn
concepts of life and academics, as well as organizational, social
and athletic skills.
A portion of the donation will go toward the construction of an
auxiliary gym, which will be called the Fisher Gym. It will host
the Fisher Fellows program.
"I'm extremely fortunate to be in a position where I can
provide my assistance to something that has had a huge impact on my
life and career," Fisher said. "I hope this mentoring program
will give some of the students in Little Rock the chance to reach
their potential and achieve their dreams, much like I had the
opportunity to do so as a youngster."