ATLANTA – Georgia Prospers, a coalition of more than 350 businesses across the state supporting an inclusive, open workplace, today announced that Grant Hill, vice chair of the board and a co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, has joined the Georgia Prospers Advisory Board and voiced his support for the coalition.
“It is so important to keep alive the values of good sportsmanship, fairness and inclusion that were engrained in me as an athlete,” said Grant Hill, a seven-time NBA All Star. “That’s why I believe in the good work of Georgia Prospers. It is critical, now more than ever, that our state supports diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”
“Throughout his career as a basketball player in the college and professional ranks, Grant Hill epitomized class and true sportsmanship,” said Ronnie Chance, executive director of Georgia Prospers. “Now in his career in the business world, Mr. Hill has brought that same approach as co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks.”
After his NBA career, Hill turned his attention to founding and contributing to various philanthropic foundations and scholarship programs. Hill and his wife founded the Tamia & Grant Hill Foundation, which is located in Orlando. Through their foundation, they have donated their time and money to charities, schools, scholarships, nonprofit organizations and churches. Most of their donations support children’s and educational charities. Among their philanthropic endeavors, Mr. and Mrs. Hill are also on the National Advisory Council Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In October 2015, Hill was honored with the Athlete Ally Action Award for his work on issues in the LGBT community. “Grant Hill is a committed ally, and the power of influential athletes like Hill speaking out is undeniable,” said Athlete Ally Director of Policy and Campaigns Ashland Johnson, a former Atlanta resident. “At every turn, Hill has stood up for inclusion and respect. We are so proud to see Hill’s leadership on LGBT equality and inclusion in Georgia at a time when the state needs allies the most.” Athlete Ally is a nonprofit focused on educating and activating athletic communities to exercise their leadership to champion LGBT equality.
About Georgia Prospers
The state of Georgia’s continued prosperity depends on a strong business brand and high quality of life that provides an open and inclusive home for all. This is how we remain a premier home for talented workers, growing businesses, entrepreneurial innovation and a thriving travel and tourism industry. We must be diligent and vocal in our support for diversity and inclusion to meet our employees’ and customers’ expectations. Attracting the next generation of workforce demands it. Learn more at www.georgiaprospers.org