Jul 31, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
On Wednesday, Duke announced that Grant Hill, a former all-american and national champion for the Blue Devils, and his wife, Tamia, had donated $1.25 million to the school.
$1 million of that money will go towards athletic department upgrades. The other $250,000 will be given to Trinity College of Arts & Sciences.
“Tamia and I are in a fortunate position to be able give back to the university that did so much for me,” Hill said. “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.”
This is the second time that Hill has made a seven-figure donation to the school. In 2000, he donated $1 million for a basketball scholarship fund.
“As an outstanding example of a Duke student-athlete, Grant Hill became a beloved part of Duke’s history,” university president Richard 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.”
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