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Bill Belichick makes donation to Md. high school scholarship fund

Bill Belichick spent his formative years in Annapolis, Md., and his connection to the region inspired the New England Patriots head coach to make a donation to an area high school.

DeMatha High School, a Catholic school for boys located in Hyattsville, Md., recently announced via Twitter that Belichick has donated an unspecified amount to its Morgan Wootten scholarship fund.

In Belichick’s letter, the Patriots head coach mentioned how he “always admired the excellence of the DeMatha basketball program,” and what Wootten, as noted by NBC Sports Washington, “built and sustained, from a competitive standpoint and the way he instilled proper values among his young men is the epitome of leadership.”

Wootten, who incredibly served as the school’s basketball coach from 1956-2002, passed away on Jan. 21 at the age of 88. A dozen players who played under Wooten reached the NBA. Former NBA player Danny Ferry and broadcaster James Brown, both of whom were coached by Wooten, attended his funeral.

Belichick of course is often criticized for being an aloof, curmudgeonly and unsentimental individual, but there’s little doubt that the six-time Super Bowl champion cares greatly about the craft of coaching. Honoring a coaching legend like Wooten with a donation to a scholarship fund that bears his name is exactly the kind of thing that demonstrates as much.