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New Virginia sportsbook donates to Hampton University to support technology education

HAMPTON — Sports Illustrated Sportsbook, which was recently approved to offer legal online sports betting in Virginia, presented a $25,000 check to Hampton University to support education in the technology field.

It is the first round of funding from 888 Holding’s Sports Illustrated Sportsbook. The check was presented Wednesday at the Hampton University Museum with University President Darrell Williams there to receive it.

“We are so pleased to receive this support from 888 Holdings SI Sportsbook,” Williams said in a press release. “The goal of that company is not just to succeed in its field but also to benefit minority businesses and individuals seeking to grow their presence here in the state, which is an important mission for our university as well.”

The donation is part of $200,000 going toward two historically Black colleges, Hampton University and Virginia Union University. Virginia’s Asian and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and the Richmond-based Metropolitan Business League will also receive donations Wednesday and Thursday.

Kelsey Kendall,

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