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New Jazz owner Ryan Smith to offer scholarship for every Jazz win

Posted at 8:37 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 10:37:10-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Ryan Smith, Qualtrics founder and the new owner of the Utah Jazz, said the Jazz organization will offer a four-year scholarship to an underrepresented or minority student every time the Jazz wins a game this year.

Smith first mentioned the scholarship program on an episode of "The Woj Pod," a podcast by Adrian Wojnarowksi, ESPN's Senior NBA Advisor.

"We have equity problems across pay, across race within our communities. And, I just want to look back and say 'Hey, I did everything I possibly could to make the world a more equitable place'," Smith told Wojnarowski when asked about the Jazz organization's involvement with social issues. "Our group plans on using the Jazz to, in this platform, to be able to drive proper changes that, frankly, should've been done a long time ago, but to help better our communities. One of the things that we're doing is, for every Jazz win this year, we're offering a four-year scholarship to an underrepresented or minority kid who can now go to college. For every single win. And that is a great use of this platform to drive change."

Click here to listen to the podcast episode, which was released Wednesday.