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Hayward donates gift to Hinkle Fieldhouse project

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 8:05 pm

Gordon Hayward left the Butler University men's basketball program three seasons ago, but he is still contributing to the Bulldogs.

The Utah Jazz forward made a recent significant financial donation to The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse project and so the university will honor him by naming a video room in Hinkle Fieldhouse's new men's basketball suite after the former Bulldog great.

“The Gordon Hayward Men's Basketball Video Room will be equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia equipment and tiered theater seating, giving the Bulldogs an added edge in facilities never seen before in Hinkle,” Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier said in a release.

Now in his third season with the NBA's Jazz, Hayward averaged 14.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in two seasons at Butler. The Bulldogs posted a 59-11 record during his tenure, highlighted by the university's first appearance in the NCAA national championship game.

“The video room is part of the planned men's basketball suite, which will include revamped locker rooms, a conference room, and coaches' offices," Collier added.

Launched by Butler in November, the campaign is seeking $16 million to preserve and maintain the Fieldhouse's historic structure and to make improvements that benefit Butler's student-athletes and enhance the fan experience for Hinkle spectators.

“We are thrilled Gordon has decided to support Butler University, the basketball program, and the renovation of Hinkle Fieldhouse,” Collier said. “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.”

Butler men's basketball coach Brad Stevens added that Hayward has always demonstrated a commitment “to being the best teammate he can be.”

“His eagerness to donate to The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse and ultimately put his name on our video room is awesome,” Stevens said. “We are not only proud of the success he has had in his young NBA career, but how he represents Butler every day.”

A Brownsburg High School graduate, Hayward was a Horizon League player of the year and 2010 NCAA West Regional Most Outstanding Player before declaring for the 2010 NBA Draft.

He was picked ninth by the Jazz. In between his two seasons at Butler, he and teammate Shelvin Mack led the United States U-19 World Championship team to a gold medal in New Zealand.

For more information on The Campaign for Hinkle Fieldhouse, visit hinklecampaign.com.