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Tina Charles Donates School In Mali

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Tina Charles (Jessie D, Garrabrant/National Basketball/Getty Images)

Tina Charles (Jessie D, Garrabrant/National Basketball/Getty Images)

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By PAT EATON-ROBB,  Associated Press

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles’ charity work for Africa began when she saw a “cool” T-shirt on actress Jennifer Aniston, and reached a zenith this week when the final coats of paint were put on a school the basketball star donated to children in Mali.

Charles gave $32,000 to build the school through a partnership with the Stanford-based based charity buildOn and Los Angeles-based OmniPeace, the fashion brand promoted by Aniston, which donates funds to African relief.

Charles, who has never been to Africa, says she chose Mali by sticking her finger on a map of Africa.

BuildOn spokeswoman Carrie Pena says the school will provide an education for about 150 children in a rural and impoverished area of southern Mali, which had been using two mud huts as classrooms.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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