Actor Kevin Hart donates 500 computers to Philly

Actor Kevin Hart donates 500 computers to Philly

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 28: Kevin Hart attends the BET Hip Hop Awards 2013 at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 28, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- Actor and comedian Kevin Hart donated 500 computers to schools and recreation centers in his hometown of Philadelphia, a move that he hopes will inspire others to follow his lead.

"I am blessed to be in a position that allows me to give back to the city that made me who I am," Hart said in a statement.

Hart attended local public schools before embarking on an entertainment career that includes the 2011 stand-up special "Laugh at My Pain." He has also hosted MTV's Video Music Awards and "Saturday Night Live."

Mayor Michael Nutter joined Hart on Friday to visit four schools that collectively received 300 laptops. The district has endured severe budget cuts this year, including the closure of about two dozen schools.

"These computers will allow our students to expand their studies, explore new course material, and prepare for college and careers for years to come," Superintendent William Hite said in a statement.

In addition, 27 city community centers will share 200 desktop computers, which recreation commissioner Susan Slawson called an "invaluable resource for our youth."

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