Pictured (l-r): Joe Green, Penny Hardaway, Andre Turner and Derrick Burroughs. (Courtesy photo)

The Lane College athletic program is the recipient of a $50,000 donation from University of Memphis men’s basketball coach Penny Hardaway.

Hardaway made the donation to the Dragon Club, the athletic funding raising group for Lane College, Lane Head Basketball Coach Andre Turner, Athletic Director Derrick Burroughs and Joe Green, Dragon Club president. 

Lane is an HBCU institution in Jackson, Tennessee. 

Burroughs is a former Tiger football great and NFL star. Burroughs hired former Tigers’ basketball great Andre Turner as Lane’s new head basketball coach.

Turner, known as “the little general” during his playing days at Memphis, is the former head coach at Memphis’ Mitchell High School. He led Mitchell to multiple appearances in the state tournament, including a championship run.

Turner, a first-year coach for the Dragons, gave Hardaway a tour of the campus a couple months ago. After the tour, Hardaway made a commitment to support the college, which was founded in 1882 by the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and has an enrollment of about 1,300 students. 

Hardaway told Turner it would not be a one-time commitment. 

An exhibition game between the Tigers and the Dragons is pending for late October, depending upon how Memphis’ final schedule is structured.

As for his plans as the Lane coach, Turner said he is going to “take a holistic approach … I want it to be more than about basketball.”

The plans include getting more supporters from all walks to contribute to the betterment of the program. Most donations made to the Dragon Club are tax deductible.