- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino became one of the highest paid coaches in college football back in December when he signed a multiyear contract paying him $3.56 million annually.
He’s now giving back to the state he calls home … handsomely.
On Friday, Petrino and his wife, Becky, announced that they would donate $250,000 to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
The No. 14-ranked Hogs play in Little Rock on Saturday against New Mexico.
Petrino and several of his players visited with patients at the hospital during the day on Friday.
“Becky and I chose to support Arkansas Children’s Hospital because we believe in the mission of this amazing institution,” Petrino said. “As parents, we know the importance of having such a facility here in our state.”
The gift will support construction of the hospital’s South Wing, set to open in July 2012. To celebrate the Petrinos’ gift, a family lounge and waiting area in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit will be named in their honor.
Petrino also announced the creation of a golf tournament to benefit the hospital. The inaugural Bobby Petrino Charity Golf Classic will be held June 18, 2012, at The Country Club of Little Rock.
Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino became one of the highest paid coaches in college football back in December when he signed a multiyear contract paying him $3.