Former United States Senator turned businessman turned NBA team owner Herb Kohl is on his way out after selling the Milwaukee Bucks for an NBA record $550 million dollars earlier this year.
One of the league’s kindest men, Kohl wanted to reserve the fortune he’s been given over the years and provided every Bucks arena employee with a $500 dollar check.
Izeal Atkins, an usher who worked a section of the BMO Harris Bradley Center near Kohl’s seating area said he received the money in the mail along with a personal letter from Kohl.
“Today, I want to express my gratitude and appreciation,” Atkins read from the letter.
It was from Kohl to BMO Harris Bradley Center employees, thanking them for their good work.
“That’s why I am pleased to provide you with a gesture of my appreciation,” Kohl’s letter said.
“Then I go, and I open it up, and I see $500,” Atkins said. “I am not quick to shed tears. I sat there and shed tears for maybe five to 10 minutes because nobody just walks up gives you $500.”
Local news agencies attempted to contact the departing owner about his overly kind gesture, but Kohl wasn’t available for comment – likely because he doesn’t want to make a spectacle over his good deed.
It’s not known how many employees were given the money nor what Kohl did for those working in the sales offices, etc, though given his generous contributions I’m sure they didn’t walk away empty handed either.
He’ll certainly be missed among many in NBA circles.
[H/T For The Win]