Patrick Ewing donates to Hoyas

Updated: August 25, 2014, 6:57 PM ET
By Eamonn Brennan |

Former Georgetown star Patrick Ewing and sports agent David Falk will contribute $3.3 million toward the Hoyas' new athletic facility, the school announced Monday.

AP PhotoFormer Georgetown star Patrick Ewing helped to contribute $3.3 million for an athletic facility named after former coach John Thompson.

The John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Facility, a $60 million, 144,000-square-foot building on Georgetown's Washington, D.C., campus, will house practice courts, training facilities, meeting rooms and offices. The facility will serve all 29 of the Hoyas' scholarship sports.

Ewing, a former All-American, won the 1984 national title and reached three title games during his four-year career under Thompson. Falk, a prominent NBA agent best known for representing Michael Jordan throughout Jordan's NBA career, once called Thompson "the most influential person in my life -- other than my mother."

"This is a very special opportunity for me to honor a man I love and respect," Falk said in a release. "To do it together with Patrick Ewing, who was a dominant figure in both John's basketball program and in my career, makes it even more rewarding."

"Coach Thompson was my coach, mentor and friend," Ewing said in a release. "He guided me through a very formative period in my life and helped me prepare for success on and off the court. Giving back to the University in his honor is special."

The donation amount of $3.3 million is an intentional callback to the No. 33 uniform Ewing made famous at Georgetown. In 2011, Falk, a Syracuse alumnus, pledged $15 million to his alma mater, helping to create the David B. Falk Center for Sports Management.

Georgetown is expected to break ground on the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Facility this summer.


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