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    Eagles' Jalen Hurts cuts $200K check to Philly schools

    By Isaac Avilucea,


    Eagles QB Jalen Hurts airs it out on the field — and now he's doing it in the classroom by contributing $200,000 to the School District of Philadelphia to purchase air-conditioning units.

    Why it matters: More than half of the district's 218 schools lack adequate cooling systems , which has led to early dismissals during heat waves.

    Driving the news: Hurts' donation will buy 10 district schools air conditioners, including Clara Barton, Gloria Casarez and Castor Gardens, per a district news release.

    • The Eagles quarterback and superintendent Tony Watlington will gather for a 10am news conference today to unveil the donation.

    What they're saying: District spokesperson Christina Clark declined to provide more details before the event.

    State of play: Many district buildings lack the electrical capacity to upgrade cooling systems because they're too old.

    • That means staff and students have had to endure sweltering heat in classrooms during hot days, even in classrooms with window air-conditioning units.

    By the numbers: The donation is less than a percent of the $51 million that Hurts is expected to haul in over each of the next five years after signing a $255 million extension with the Eagles in 2023.

    What's next: The district is expected to add air conditioning in every school by 2027 .

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