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Basketball Founders

In 1985 the University of Miami men’s basketball program returned to the court after a 14-year absence. A group of financial supporters known as the Basketball Founders were instrumental in re-establishing Miami men’s basketball, helping build a program that continues to thrive to this day.

The Basketball Founders are…

  • Neil Amdur, Fred Havenick and Florence Hecht, Flagler Greyhound Track
  • Nicholas A. Crane Sr., Neff Machinery
  • Robert J. Dickman
  • Paul DiMare
  • Walter Falk, Metropolitan Mortgage
  • Eugene C. Ferri Jr., Imperial Industries
  • David Fiesler Jr.
  • Paul Herald
  • J. Hoepner Jr., Sun Bank Miami
  • Earl Jones, Channel 33
  • Irving and Ruth Karp
  • Marvin Kimmel, Universal Brands
  • Harry Mangurian, Drexel Investments
  • Martin Margulies
  • Manuel Medina
  • The Miami Herald
  • Jerry Pendergast, Jerry’s Caterers
  • Martin Schnell
  • James A. Smith
  • Monty Trainer
  • David Zadikoff, Hyatt Regency Miami

Thank you to the Basketball Founders for their generous support of Miami men’s basketball!