Disney donates $1M to Boys & Girls Club to celebrate success of ‘Black Panther’
The Walt Disney Company, which owns Marvel Studios, announced on Monday that it will donate $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in celebration of “Black Panther’s” record-breaking success.
The donation will go towards expanding the Club’s STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — programs in support of the “high-tech skills that were a major theme in the plot of ‘Black Panther’ and are essential in helping youth succeed,” Disney said in a statement.
“It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want,” Disney CEO Robert Iger said in a statement.
The organization will also use the donation to fund new STEM Centers of Innovation in 12 communities. The centers provide children with hands-on advanced technologies and feature STEM experts who help the kids develop their skills.
“Black Panther,” about the king of a fictional African nation who is also part of the “Marvel Universe” of superheroes, opened on Feb. 16 and has already brought in nearly half a billion dollars domestically and more than $700 million worldwide. It earned $112 million during its second weekend, marking Marvel’s smallest yet second-weekend drop.