INDIANAPOLIS – On the eve of his third return visit to Indianapolis to face the Pacers as a member of the Utah Jazz, Gordon Hayward decided to get himself into the holiday spirit.
On Tuesday Butler announced that thanks to a sizable donation from the former forward, their new video room in the team’s remodeled basketball suite at Hinkle Fieldhouse will be renamed after him.
“We are thrilled Gordon has decided to support Butler University, the basketball program, and the renovation of Hinkle Fieldhouse,” said Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier in a statement released by the university. “As an Academic All-American, he left a legacy with his play on the court and in the classroom. This gift and commitment to the Hinkle campaign shows that he appreciates Butler just as we appreciate him.”
The amount of the donation was not disclosed but is apart of The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse which hopes to raise $16 millon for upkeep and renovations of the historic basketball venue.
Hayward, a native of Brownsburg, played two seasons for the Bulldogs and helped lead them to the 2010 NCAA National Championship game. Following that season, Hayward was picked ninth in the NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, who will faced the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday.