Shane Battier

Former NBA player
Over his distinguished 13-year NBA career and heralded collegiate career at Duke University, Shane established himself as a scholar athlete, All-American, leader, champion and philanthropist. Dubbed the “No-Stats All-Star” in a New York Times story written by Michael Lewis, Shane was regarded as one of the most complete players in the NBA for his leadership, lockdown defense, and intellectual approach to the game. The pinnacle of his NBA career came when he won back-to-back championships with the Miami Heat. Shane is also known for his exemplary character and his commitment to community service. He and his wife, Heidi, launched The Battier Take Charge Foundation to provide resources and programs for the development and education of underserved youth and teens. For his play at Duke, he had his jersey retired, won the Naismith and Wooden national player of the year awards, and was named the Academic All-American of the year. He remains the winningest NCAA men’s player of all time.