Roy Hibbert gifts $1 million to Georgetown's athletic department

Roy Hibbert gifts $1 million to Georgetown's athletic department
September 2, 2014, 2:00 pm
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More financial gifts for Georgetown's athletic department from the Hoyas' gifted basketball-playing alumni.

Roy Hibbert became the third Hoya in the last two weeks to make a donation toward the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center. 

The announcement of Hibbert's $1 million donation came on Tuesday, which also happens to be same day Thompson celebrates his 73rd birthday.

Jeff Green committed $1 million to the school last week. Patrick Ewing and sports agent David Falk previously joined together for a $3.3 million contribution.

“I am deeply indebted to Georgetown University and the basketball program for all they have done for me,” said Hibbert, the Indiana Pacers All-Star center who played four years at Georgetown under coach John Thompson III. “I put in a lot of hard work to get where I am, but I was given a tremendous amount of guidance both on and off the floor from Coach Thompson III and I wouldn’t be here without him.” 

The building is named in honor of the Hall of Fame coach, who guided the Hoyas for 27 years, to three Final Four appearances and the 1984 Final Four. 

The four-story, 144,000-square-foot Thompson Athletics Center will include practice courts, team meeting rooms, men's and women's basketball coaches' offices, and weight-training and sports medicine rooms for all varsity athletes. Groundbreaking is set for Sept. 12.

“This gift is significant but it is only one of the ways that he supports those who are coming behind him at Georgetown," Thompson III said. "He has consistently shown that he is a man of actions, not merely words. Georgetown has always had a history of our players remaining part of the fabric of our program. The recent donations are a testament to the impact our institution has had on their lives and the understanding of how they can impact future Hoyas.” 

Hibbert and Green were teammates on Georgetown's 2007 Final Four team before the 7-foot-2 center led the Hoyas to 28-6 record during the 2007-08 season. The Georgetown Prep product has spent his entire career with the Pacers after Indiana selected him in the first round of the 2008 draft. Hibbert signed a four-year, $58 million contract with Indiana in 2012.

“We are grateful to Roy for the generosity of his gift to Georgetown. To have both Roy and Jeff give back in this way speaks volumes about their relationship with Coach Thompson III and their love of this University,” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed said. “The past week of gift announcements is unprecedented in college athletics and reaffirms our commitment to providing our student-athletes with an exceptional education that shapes them with values for life on and off the playing field.”

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