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Kevin Knox donates $2 million to former high school for renovated fieldhouse

Article written by:On3 imageZack Geoghegan

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When you visit Tampa Catholic High School, it won’t take you long to see Kevin Knox’s name somewhere on campus.

Currently an Atlanta Hawks forward and former Kentucky Wildcat, Knox recently donated $2 million to his former Florida-based high school, which was used to completely renovate the newly unveiled fieldhouse. His donation helped rebuild the old facility from the ground up, which has been aptly named the Kevin Knox II Fieldhouse.

“Tampa Catholic gave me two gifts that go with me on the court and in life. Coach (Don) Dziagwa allowed and encouraged me to grow as a leader and the school as a whole gave me an education that created more awareness of the world around me,” Knox said, according to the Patch. “This gift is generational because our entire family can enjoy it for years to come and that was important to me.”

Knox’s contribution was part of a $6 million joint donation, which is also funded by John and Lydia Oliva along with the Prado family. The Kevin Knox II Fieldhouse is 10,500 square feet and includes an upgraded basketball court, new sound systems, new locker rooms, new classrooms, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

The 6-foot-7, 22-year-old attended Tampa Catholic for four years until 2017 when he established himself as a five-star recruit before spending one season with Kentucky. Knox was eventually selected with the 9th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks and just finished up his fourth season as a pro with the Hawks.

Knox’s younger brother, Karter Knox, is a current class of 2024 forward for Tampa Catholic and is already considered one of the top rising juniors in the country. Karter is also receiving early Kentucky interest. Next season, he’ll suit up for his high school team in the building named after his older brother. Pretty cool.

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2022-06-24