Punahou alum and current San Francisco 49er DeForest Buckner is donating $10,000 in Nike apparel and another $10,000 in cash to assist Waianae High with various programs.
Buckner, who grew up on the Leeward Coast, said in a press release Wednesday, “My family, including my mom, are all graduates of Waianae High School. I felt it was really important once I made it to the NFL to give back to my community. I hope this will help many student athletes dream big like I did when I was in high school school. Schools like Waianae sometimes get neglected and I hope this helps them with any athletic shortfalls this year.”
Buckner won the 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award and was selected seventh overall by the 49ers in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
San Francisco kicks off its NFL season Monday night on ESPN against the Los Angeles Rams.