Ray Allen

Director

Ray Allen grew up as a military child, living in England, Germany, Oklahoma and California. He attended high school in Dalzell, SC where he led Hillcrest High School to a basketball state championship. He later played college basketball for the University of Connecticut Huskies from 1993-1996. He entered the NBA Draft in 1996 and was drafted as the 5th overall pick.

Ray had an accomplished 18-year NBA career, officially retiring in October 2016. Ray played for four different teams; Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. He has won two NBA Championships, as well an Olympic gold medal in 2000 as a member of the USA Men’s Basketball team He is a 10-time NBA All-Star, and the all-time leader in career three-point field goals. In 2018, Ray was inducted in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

In 1997, Ray established the Ray of Hope Foundation which supports sports-related and community-based programs and provides avenues of opportunity for young people to realize their full potential. In 2011, Ray and the Ray of Hope Foundation embarked on an initiative to help reduce the technology divide within our communities. The “Ray of Hope Foundation Computer Lab Initiative” builds and refurbishes computer labs in public elementary and middle schools. To date, the foundation has completed 13 computer labs, 3 in Boston, 6 in Connecticut and 4 in Miami. Along with expanding the Computer Lab Initiative, the Ray of Hope Foundation envisions developing youth centers in underserved communities that provide after school programming designed to foster a mix of scholarship, culture, sports and imagination that can change the world.

Ray sits on the boards of the University of Connecticut Foundation and the United States Holocaust Museum. In 2016, Ray and his wife, Shannon, opened their first organic, healthy fast food restaurant named GROWN in Miami. They currently own 3 GROWN restaurants in Miami, Orlando and Middletown, Connecticut. Ray has 5 children (Tierra, Walter III, Walker, Wynn, Wystan) and 3 dogs (Simba, Nala, Nike).

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