Syracuse establishes new education fund to honor Pearl Washington

Dwayne “Pearl” Washington is nothing short of a legend for what he did on the court for the Syracuse Orange. After passing away earlier this year, his alma mater will honor his memory with an endowment that will aid those who follow in his footsteps.

Washington left Syracuse after his junior year to play in the NBA, and enjoyed a career that spanned two seasons with the Nets and one with the Miami Heat in their inaugural season.

Following the end of his NBA playing days, Washington returned to Syracuse and finished his degree in speech communication. This is who the endowment will reward: student-atheletes who later return and finish their degrees. Washington was looking to continue his education and was seeking his masters degree when he was first diagnosed with a brain tumor.

When word spread of his passing earlier this year, fellow Syracuse star Derrick Coleman said “I guess he’s in heaven now. Pearl probably crossed over Jesus to get inside the gates.”

The school has set a goal to raise $1 million dollars to endow the fund.

Donations can be made by visiting the Honoring Pearl Washington website. Those who make a donation of $31 or more will recieve a commemorative window clings. Results of the fundraising effort will be announced at a tribute ceremony for Washington on Dec. 17.

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