The Chuck Cooper Foundation was established to leave a legacy for Pittsburgh native and Duquesne University student Charles “Chuck” Cooper, the first African American drafted into the NBA, in the form of graduate school scholarships for underserved students. Upon retiring from the NBA, Cooper went on to obtain his Masters Degree in Social Work from Duquesne and encouraged others to develop their leadership potential as well.
Cooper worked in Pittsburgh as a PNC community development banker. The Foundation holds an annual luncheon in connection with the Chuck Cooper Classic basketball game at Duquesne and will be awarding annual scholarships and supporting community based youth development programs. Shareholders Robert A. Johnson and Matthew H. Meade, and associate Ashley L. Yeager were part of the multi-section team that worked with Zak on the project. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's 2011 summer associate Dana Morrison and former associate Evan Gelacek also assisted in the process.
Chuck Cooper III, the president of the Foundation and Chuck Cooper’s son, stated “A special thanks to Matthew Meade, Steven Slanicka and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC for their hard work and diligence in making this happen.”