LeBron James says he wants to donate $2.5 million to support an exhibit honoring Muhammad Ali at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
“Muhammad Ali is such a cornerstone of me as an athlete because of what he represented not only in the ring as a champion but more outside the ring — what he stood for, what he spoke for, his demeanor,” James told USA TODAY Sports.
“I think of him every day. Without his passion and goals and morals, I don’t know if I’d be sitting here today talking to you about it.”
James isn’t the only basketball star on board.
Michael Jordan donated $5 million and Magic Johnson & his wife donated at least $1 million.
The new museum opened in September.
Ali died in June at the age of 74.
“I am overwhelmed by the incredible generosity LeBron James has shown,” Ali’s wife Lonnie said in a statement. “This exhibit will enable children visiting the Smithsonian to learn more about Muhammad’s work outside of the ring, particularly his humanitarian work and stance on social justice for all people. … I know that if Muhammad was alive today he would be honored.”