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Grant Hill gives $1.25M gift to Duke for facility upgrades, more

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

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Duke received a $1.25 million gift from former Blue Devils star Grant Hill and his wife, Tamia. The school announced the gift, which will provide $1 million to the athletics department for facility upgrades and $250,000 for the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, on Wednesday.

"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."

The Hills previously gave $1 million to Duke athletics in 2000 to establish a scholarship fund for the men's basketball team.

"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."

Hill is one of the most successful players in Duke history, earning All-ACC and All-American honors along with ACC Player of the Year and national defensive player of the year. He helped the Blue Devils win national championships in 1991 and 1992 and ecame the first player in ACC history to compile 1,900 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocked shots in a career.

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