Ludacris surprised a South Florida high with a very generous gift on Wednesday.
The 42-year-old multi-hyphenate surprised students at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School with $75,000 worth of music equipment. The donation was part of StubHub’s #TicketForward program, a collaborative initiative with The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation that aims to invest $3 million in public school music programs.
“I understand the importance of music education,” Ludacris told students, as reported by NBC Philadelphia. “It’s very important to me.”
As part of his visit, Luda participated in Q&A session during a school-wide assembly, sharing advice for students and encouraging them to never give up.
“If it weren’t for individuals reaching back and giving me that confidence, I wouldn’t be here today,” he explained. “If you get knocked down nine times, you get up 10. Just keep going.”
In addition to the new equipment, Ludacris also surprised the school’s band director, Kevin Segura, with two Super Bowl tickets.
“We have instruments being held together with tape, they don’t move, they’re banged up,” Segura said. “So these instruments are going to improve our sound and going to motivate kids to want to do band so hopefully I can build up this program to what it once was back in the day … I’m really, really excited that I’m going to the game. I didn’t think I was going so this was a nice surprise for me.”
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