WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue University is donating $188,344 to four area non-profit organizations.
Purdue will donate $47,086.05 to the youth organizations Read to Succeed, College Mentors for Kids, PALS and Junior Achievement.
The money comes from the Big Ten Conference because of sanctions against Penn State, following the investigation of child sexual abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
The $2.3 million Penn State would have earned was equally divided among the 12 Big Ten schools to be donated to local groups focused on protecting and advocating for children.
"That Purdue is able to reach out and contribute to efforts within our local community that help children allows us to reward those who work hard on childhood development," said Morgan Burke, Purdue's Athletics Director.
"Intercollegiate athletics is proud to support these community organizations that contribute so meaningfully to the education, safety and cultural awareness of local children, values in which we are invested."
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