Ewing, Falks donate $3.3M to honor John Thompson with practice facility

John Thompson and Patrick Ewing won a national championship together in 1984.

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When you’ve made roughly $120 million playing basketball, the decision to give something back probably isn’t as difficult as putting a number on it.

But for Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing that was easy, too. Ewing, his longtime agent David Falk and Falk’s wife, Rhonda, on Monday made a $3.3 million commitment to the construction of Georgetown University’s John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center. The practice facility is named in honor of another Hall of Famer, Thompson, who coached the Hoyas from 1972-99, and the $3.3 million matches Ewing’s jersey No. 33 when he played for Georgetown from 1981-85. The two won a national championship together in 1984.

Ewing said in a press release that Thompson introduced him to Falk and that he and Falk have “enjoyed nearly 30 very successful years together.” 

“I am proud to make this gift with David and Rhonda to a man who has been very special in all of our lives,” said Ewing, who went on to become an All-Star in 11 of his 17 NBA seasons.

The four-story, 144,000-square-foot Thompson Athletics Center will include practice courts, team meeting rooms, men’s and women’s basketball coaches’ offices and weight-training and sports medicine rooms for all varsity athletes.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the building is scheduled for Sept. 12.