What does Ohio State mean to Michael Redd?
But for Ohio State, Michael Redd believes he wouldn’t have made a difference on and off the basketball court. A standout from the moment he joined the Buckeyes (he led the Big Ten in scoring as a freshman--the first time a true freshman had done so), Redd received honorable mention All-America awards as a sophomore and junior and was Ohio State’s Most Valuable Player in 1998, 1999, and 2000. He went on to the NBA after his junior season and was named an NBA All-Star in 2004. Redd also earned a gold medal as a member of Team USA in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. In 2006, Michael founded the Michael Redd Foundation with his wife, Achea, partnering with schools, families, and government bodies to enhance the value and relevance of academic excellence in the community. In 2009, he donated $500,000 toward Ohio State’s men’s and women’s basketball facility improvement project.
“I just want the program to be successful. Ohio State is a part of my life,” said Redd, who is in the midst of his 11th season with the Milwaukee Bucks. “It’s all about a legacy and setting the tone for future athletes ... to be that example for younger student-athletes. You never forget where you came from, and giving back is the way to say thank you.”