- Grant and Tamia Hill were season ticket holders for both clubs in Orlando
- The retired NBA All-Star and Grammy-nominated singer married in 1999
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Retired seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill and his wife, Grammy-nominated R&B singer Tamia Hill, are joining the ownership group of Orlando City SC in the MLS and the Orlando Pride in the NWSL.
The Hills’ investment in the city’s football clubs was announced in a Press release On Friday afternoon.
“We are thrilled to add both Tamia and Grant Hill as part of our ownership group for Orlando City and Orlando Pride,” said club owner and chairman Mark Wilf. “Over the last few years, we have come to know and appreciate Tamia and Grant, their passion for our clubs and their commitment to the community.”
“Both have professional resumes that speak for themselves and are highly accomplished individuals in the business world, but more importantly, they make incredible contributions to the greater Orlando area.”
The Hills, who live in Orlando with their daughters, have gone from season ticket holders to limited partners in both clubs.
Grant Hill is a seven-time All-Star who played in the NBA for 18 seasons before retiring in 2013
Tamia and Grant Hill were the most recent additions to Orlando City SC and Pride ownership
“We would like to thank the Wilf family for the opportunity to join this incredible organization and make our family a part of the Orlando City and Orlando Pride family,” said Tamia and Grant Hill.
“From the moment we met the Wilfs, we were impressed by their vision for the club and the passion they have for giving back to the Central Florida community, which is also important to us.”
Grant Hill played 18 seasons in the NBA from 2000 to 2007, including eight with the Orlando Magic. Despite suffering several injuries while playing in Orlando, Hill was named an All-Star in 2000, 2001 and 2005.
Hill played for the Phoenix Suns and then the LA Clippers before retiring in 2013. Hill is now part owner of the Atlanta Hawks and a basketball analyst for CBS and Turner Sports.
Tamia Hill released seven studio albums over the course of her nearly two-decade R&B career
Tamia, on the other hand, was successful as an R&B singer with seven studio albums and six Grammy nominations. In 1994, Tamia signed with Warner Bros. Records and released chart-topping singles such as “So Into You” and “Imagination.” Tamia and Grant Hill married in 1999.
“The future is very bright for both teams and we are excited to support Orlando City and have the opportunity to be part of Orlando Pride and promote women in sports,” said The Hills.
“Games at Exploria Stadium are one of our favorite places to take our daughters and we are excited to now do so as part of the ownership group.”
The Hills now join a group of high-profile athletes and celebrities involved in American soccer franchises. Investors include Patrick Mahomes, Eli Manning, Sue Bird, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Russell Wilson, Ciara, Mark Ingam and Will Ferrell.