New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox II, a former star at Tampa Catholic, donated $2 million to his alma mater to fund a fieldhouse that will bear his name, the school said in a press release.
The Kevin Knox II Fieldhouse is expected to be completed in mid-March with an opening scheduled in March, Tampa Catholic principal Bob Lees said. The donation will cover near half of the $5.6 million project.
Among the new amenities: a new gymnasium, state-of-the-art fitness center, Hall of Fame Pavilion, Champions Hall, coaching suites, video scoreboard, men’s and women’s locker rooms, bleachers and concessions.
“We can’t imagine a finer example of an alumnus who exhibits faith, excellence and family,” Lees said in the release. “Kevin is a champion on and off the court, and we are so grateful for this gift that will enhance the experience for every Tampa Catholic student, current and future.”
For years, benevolence has been just as important as basketball to Knox II.
Growing up, Knox II (featured photo courtesy of Matteo Marchi/MSG Photos) would head to his father’s office at the Oaks at Riverview Community Center after school.
The former first round pick in the 2018 NBA draft spent weekday afternoons shooting basketballs on the stiff, unforgiving rims at the center.
But the routine trips also were meant to teach valuable lessons. The elder Knox wanted his son to see single parents who struggled to afford shoes for their children.
Those experiences had a profound effect on the younger Knox.
Two years ago, Knox II was back at the Riverview Community Center for its annual back to school bash. He posed for pictures and handed out Puma backpacks filled with school supplies that he donated.
And when Knox II signed his deal with Puma as a rookie, he made sure Tampa Catholic , received $10,000 worth of gear from the shoe company for the next four years.
The Crusaders have been able to buy uniforms, travel gear and plenty of new pairs of sneakers.
It was understandable Knox II would be generous in helping build a new facility at the school where he starred from 2013-17.
“I was inspired to give back to Tampa Catholic, as they helped me become the person and player I am today,” Knox ll said in the release. “Being a TC Crusader will always be a part of who I am on and off the court.”
Knox II’s younger brother, Karter, is a sophomore who is ranked as a five-star prospect in the 2024 class by several recruiting sites