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Hill has donated $1.25M to his alma mater's new athletics fundraising campaign
Former NBAer and Duke alum GRANT HILL has donated $1.25M to his alma mater. Hill designated $1M of his gift to go to athletics, while the rest "will go to the Duke Annual Fund in support of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences." Hill and his wife, TAMIA, gave the school $1M in '10 to "establish a scholarship fund for the men’s basketball team." This year's gift will go toward Duke Forward, the $3.25B university-wide fundraising campaign that has a $250M goal for Duke Athletics (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 7/31).

THE KING'S COURT: LeBron James Family Foundation Exec Dir MICHELE CAMPBELL said, "I am contacted all the time by people asking to bring the program to Seattle, Detroit, Chicago, etc. The program works because of the authenticity and connection LEBRON and our Foundation shares with the community of Akron. What I tell them is if you have someone in your community who is an influencer like LeBron is in Akron; then we can help tailor fit a program around that. ... Also, it is challenging for a growing program to attract sponsors. Many potential sponsors aren’t interested in Akron, Ohio. It’s a challenge when we have the high goals that we do to only lean on LeBron and fundraising to fuel everything. We simply need more funds to activate our goals" (THEBUSINESSOFSPORTS.com, 7/29).

NAMES: Sources said that actor JAMIE FOXX "is attached to play MIKE TYSON in an untitled biopic that TERENCE WINTER is set to pen." RICK YORN, who is Foxx' manager, is "shepherding the project and will produce." The package "is currently without a studio" (VARIETY.com, 7/30)....Golf Digest Contributing Editor and longtime N.Y. Times columnist DAVE ANDERSON "has been named the recipient of the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing" (GOLFDIGEST.com, 7/30)....Golfer CHRISTIE KERR has signed with IMG for management and marketing representation. IMG also reps LYDIA KO, MICHELLE WIE and SHANSHAN FENG, among others (IMG)....Blue Jackets RW JARED BOLL and D JAMES WISNIEWSKI will serve as the Grand Marshals for the Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio this weekend. Both players also will help with fundraising for the Graham Rahal Foundation, which “benefits two charities, Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Serious Fun Network" (NBCSPORTS.com, 7/30)....Free agent NBAer COREY MAGGETTE has listed his 13,000-square-foot Newport Coast, Calif., home for $4M. Magette paid $3M for the home in ‘11 (LATIMES.com, 7/30).
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