Grant Hill donates $1.25M to Duke

Jul. 30, 2014 @ 12:21 PM

Grant Hill is making his second large financial gift to his alma mater.

Duke announced Wednesday morning that Hill and his wife, Tamia, are donating $1.25 million to support athletic facilities upgrades and the Duke Annual Fund.

An all-American who helped Duke to NCAA championships in 1991 and 1992 and an NCAA runner-up finish in 1994, Hill retired last year following an 18-year NBA career.

“This generous gift from Grant and Tamia will enhance the college experience of many future Duke students across several disciplines, including athletics,” Duke athletics director Kevin 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.”

The Hills also donated $1 million to Duke in 2000 to establish a scholarship fund for men’s basketball players.

Wednesday’s gift will go to the Duke Forward campaign, a $3.25 billion fundraising initiative that will support projects at Duke's 10 schools, Duke Medicine and a range of university programs.

The athletic department is receiving $250 million of support to fund facilities upgrades, scholarship and operating funds. With Hill’s gift, $185 million has been raised so far.

The majority of Hill’s latest gift, $1 million, will be used for all athletic facilities projects while the remaining $250,000 will go to the Duke Annual Fund. Duke is aiming to raise $215 million for the Annual Fund and $139.3 million has been raised.

A five-time NBA All-Star, Hill earned around $142.8 million from his pro basketball contracts, according to calculations by basketballreference.com.

Tamia and I are in a fortunate position to be able give back to the university that did so much for me," said Hill, who graduated from Duke with a history degree. "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.”

“We want to help Duke students pursue their dreams in all endeavors and hope that our donation can make it possible for future students to enjoy the same kind of experiences I did at Duke,” Hill said. “We are proud to be a part of the Duke family.”