Grant Hill gives $1.25M to Duke University
Posted July 30, 2014
Durham, N.C. — 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.