UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
Point Forward

Former Bucks owner Herb Kohl gifts $500 to arena workers

Herb Kohl Outgoing Bucks owner Herb Kohl mailed gifts to employees of the BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images)

After 29 years at the helm of the Milwaukee Bucks, former owner Herb Kohl sold the team to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry earlier this month. His exit has been unsurprisingly graceful; Kohl only consented to the sale of the team to a buyer committed to keeping the Bucks in Milwaukee; he thanked fans and the community for their support over his 29 years as owner; and as part of the sale, Kohl pledged $100 million of his own money to help build a new arena for the Bucks to call home.

On top of it all, employees of the BMO Harris Bradley Center have been receiving a personal letter from Kohl, including a check for $500. From Kent Wainscott of WISN Milwaukee:

"Today, I want to express my gratitude and appreciation," [usher Izeal] 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."

"Five hundred dollars, so I was very surprised. I was very surprised. You don't hear about the people doing that," security guard Markeish Stringer said.

In surveying the world of professional sports from afar, it's easy to conflate the personal and professional. A gesture like this one demands that the two be differentiated. Although Kohl played his part in the Bucks' long-lasting misery, efforts like this one reinforce his thoughtfulness and generosity -- beats very much consistent with what we know of Kohl as a man and manager.

More Point Forward

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again