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'Jeopardy!' Champion Donates Chunk of Winnings to Help Students Stay in School

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Many people like to think that if they suddenly received a large sum of money, they’d donate it to a worthy cause. “Giving to charity” is one of the most common things you hear people say they’ll do when they win the lottery or find themselves unexpectedly swimming in cash.

Sometimes expectations are more noble than reality, but that’s not true of the current Jeopardy champion James Holzhauer, who has won over $2.3 million and has been making charitable donations to causes as a result.

The most recent gift was presented to a Nevada organization that helps keep children in school.

Holzhauer, from Las Vegas, donated $10,000 to Communities in Schools of Nevada, KTNV-TV reported.

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The Jeopardy champion is approaching an all-time winnings figure and has decided to share his wealth with a cause in which he believes.

KTNV-TV reported that Holzhauer told Tami Hance, the CEO of Communities in Schools of Nevada, that their work was impressive and that he appreciated their mission.

The organization works with students to keep them in school and gives them guidance as they work toward graduation.

“We are incredibly moved by the generosity of James & Melissa Holzhauer for their $10,000 donation today,” the Communities in Schools of Nevada posted on Facebook on May 29. “They are truly #AllInForKids and we are so grateful for their support!”

This is not the Jeopardy champ’s first impressive gift, as he has shown a pattern of benevolent giving to kids in need.

According to KTNV-TV, he donated a similar sum to an organization that helps out teens in rough circumstances called Project 150.

Project 150, also based in Nevada, says that their mission is “to provide the basic needs to the valley’s homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high school students in the on-going struggle to make sure these kids get their diploma and have a better chance at succeeding in life,” according to their About page on Facebook.

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“Feeling blessed today!” Project 150 posted on May 3. “Project 150 received an extremely generous $10,000.00 donation from local Las Vegan Jeopardy! phenomenon James Holzhauer Jeopardy and his wife Melissa.

“Thank you isn’t enough to express how truly grateful we are for this family’s generosity and care for their community.”

The Jeopardy champion is on a 32-week winning streak. Holzhauer won an impressive total of $79,633 on May 31, USA Today reported. The media outlet even has a “Holzhauer Roundup,” which tracks his every move during the show.

The champion has earned a staggering $2,462,216 total — so far.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
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