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Volleyball Team Got $130,000 Intended for Cancer

September 29, 2022

Brett Favre’s foundation gave $130,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation from 2018 to 2020, the same years that Favre was working to finance a new volleyball center at the university, The Athletic reported.

The foundation, Favre 4 Hope, has a stated purpose to support disadvantaged children and cancer patients.

Favre was key in moving more than $5 million in welfare dollars toward the building of the volleyball facility while his daughter was a player on the USM volleyball team. He posted on social media that he did not know where the funding for the volleyball facility came from.

“You can’t say you’re raising money for one purpose and then spend it on something totally different. Charities have an ethical obligation, and in some cases a legal obligation, to fulfill the intentions of its donors in the way funds are spent,” said Laurie Styron, executive director of CharityWatch.

Favre’s lawyer declined to comment.

The university did not respond to several requests for an interview, The Athletic said.

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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