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Grant Hill gives $1.25M to Duke University

Posted July 30, 2014

Duke legend Grant Hill prior to the Blue Devils' game versus Michigan on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 in Durham, NC.  Duke defeated Michigan 79-69 (Photo by Jack Morton).

— Former Duke University basketball star Grant Hill and his wife, Tamia, are giving $1.25 million to the school to support athletics and the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, President Richard H. Brodhead announced Wednesday. 

Athletics will receive $1 million for facility upgrades, with the remainder going to the Duke Annual Fund in support of Trinity College. 

“As an outstanding example of a Duke student-athlete, Grant Hill became a beloved part of Duke’s history,” Brodhead said in a statement. “We’re grateful that Grant and Tamia have helped to ensure that Duke’s tradition of academic opportunities and remarkable student-athletes continues well into the future.”

Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White said in a statement that Hill “represents the very best of Duke University.”

“This generous gift from Grant and Tamia will enhance the college experience of many future Duke students across several disciplines, including athletics,” White said. “The fact that it comes from someone who is synonymous with the excellence that defines this great institution makes it even more special.”

A four-year letterman in basketball from 1991-94, Hill helped Duke win two NCAA championships in 1991 and 1992. During that time, he earned All-ACC, ACC Player of the Year, All-America and National Defensive Player of the Year honors, and became the first player in ACC history to compile 1,900 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocked shots in a career. The third overall selection in the 1994 NBA Draft, Hill was a five-time all-star in a professional career that spanned 18 seasons.

“Tamia and I are in a fortunate position to be able give back to the university that did so much for me," Hill, who graduated from Duke with a history degree, said in a statement. "In the 20 years since my graduation, I am certain that the academic environment, the coaches and staff, and every facet of being a student at Duke contributed to make me a better person.”

In 2000, the Hills gave $1 million to establish a scholarship fund for students on the men’s basketball team. Their latest gift will contribute to the success of Duke Forward, the $3.25 billion university-wide fundraising campaign that supports priorities across Duke's 10 schools, Duke Medicine and a range of university programs.

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  • Jeanne Gunn Aug 1, 2014

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    Agree, B. Not a Duke fan, but I've always liked Grant Hill. He represents himself, Duke, and pro athletes very well.

  • modukev5saysbyebye Jul 30, 2014

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    + a gazillion
    Class personified

  • Doc Holliday Jul 30, 2014

    Class move but not really surprised by it. If all athletes acted like Grant Hill, the world would be a better place.

  • roberttherugguy Jul 30, 2014

    Grant Hill son of a legend.

  • Toddler10-21 Jul 30, 2014

    Grant Hill ha always been one of my favorites and still is. I guess Duke really needed the cash. I can think of a few schools athletic departments than could really use it (St. Augs, Grambling, Shaw, etc..)

  • redrider249 Jul 30, 2014

    To help pay for Lance Thomas Bling

  • Back2Back Jul 30, 2014

    A true class act. I just wish more athletes that are real role models could act the same way Grant has since graduating more than 20 years ago. Makes me think of the former baseball player that tried out on American Ninja that said that "It was an honor and a privilege to wear a uniform". Some players unfortunately think that wearing a uniform is their God given right! Way to go Grant and Tamia and GO DUKE!

  • Reggie Berryman Jul 30, 2014

    Class Act...PERSONIFIED!

  • PanthersFan45 Jul 30, 2014

    He had a little extra cash from his AT&T commercials during the NCAA tourney. This donation sounded like a "slam-dunk" to me.

  • GoHeelsGo Jul 30, 2014

    Class act.

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