Morgan Park High School won the Illinois Class 3A boys' basketball state championship in March, but the school didn't have the money to buy the rings commemorating its title and Chicago Public Schools wasn't able to help.
Morgan Park's athletic director, Michael Berger, took to Twitter to ask for donations to help the team afford its rings.
Fenwick High School, which Morgan Park defeated in the state championship, chipped in, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The Sun-Times reports that comedian Hannibal Buress, a Chicago native, was the first celebrity to donate. Bennett was next.
Bennett, who still lives in Chicago's northern suburbs, according to the Sun-Times, foot the bill for the rings and designed them himself.
Basketball coach Nick Irvin let the Green Bay Packers tight end deliver the news to his players via FaceTime.
"I put him up on the big screen and let him tell the kids," Irvin told the Sun-Times. "They knew who he was right away and got really excited. They were so happy, it was great to see their reaction. That is a blessing right there."
On Saturday, Bennett posted an image of the rings on Instagram, congratulating Morgan Park and thanking everyone who gave to the team.
A couple weeks ago my wife @siggib sent me an article about a school in Chicago that won the state championship but couldn't afford their championship rings. The community came together to raise money to purchase the rings but still needed help so I stepped in and gave them what was needed and I even designed the rings for them. @hannibalburess chipped in as well, that's greatly appreciated bro. 🙌🏾🙌🏾 I'm proud to say that 2017 Morgan Park High School Basketball team will be receiving their championship rings. This was my first time designing jewelry but I gave it my best shot. @jostensinc has been awesome in the process. Thank you! Thank you to everyone who gave to the boys. Congratulations Coach Irvin, Team, community and city of Chicago. Y'all are the Champs!!! #martyland #theimaginationagency #createdbymarty
Morgan Park's rings were the first piece of jewelry Bennett has designed. However, he's already shown his creative prowess through his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.
-- Alex Tekip