Jeremy Lin is big on giving back. The new Brooklyn Nets point guard believes that Harvard University — where he played his non-scholarship college ball and studied economics — helped prepare him for the unusual (and wildly successful) path he’s been blessed to travel. Besides, when you sign a 3-year deal for $36 million, an economics degree from Harvard is more than just a piece of paper: it’s a tool. Lin is giving $1 million to Harvard, money that will float some financial aid and also help renovate the old Harvard gym.
The gym that needs revamping is called Lavietes Pavilion. The Pavilion, built when Calvin Coolidge was US president, is 90 years old this year. It’s a classic field house design that originally housed the Harvard indoor track. The Lavietes Pavilion’s last update came in 1981, during the Reagan era and before Lin was born.