The Michael Finley Foundation
Michael Finley was drafted in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. During his 15-year NBA career, Finley also played for the Dallas Mavericks, the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics. He was named First Team All-Rookie following his initial campaign with the Suns, and twice was named to the NBA All-Star team during his career. In 2007 he achieved the ultimate goal when he won the NBA Championship as a member of the Spurs.
Finley is dedicated to inspiring children and their families in the areas of education, sports, counseling and a wealth of other programs, and established the Michael Finley Foundation in 2003. His longing to give back to his community and help children led him to start his journey into philanthropy.
Currently Finley is developing the flagship program of the foundation, Giving Individuals the Fundamental Tools 4 Success (G.I.F.T.4.S.), in which families and their children are supported from third grade until the completion of high school. Academics, sports, group counseling, and social skills are major parts of the G.I.F.T.4.S. program.
In addition to his work with the foundation, Finley is an active member of the charitable world serving on a variety of boards and also volunteering his time. His most recent appointment is to the North Texas Food Bank Celebrity Council. However, his most cherished accomplishment to date is the establishment of The Michael Finley Foundation Endowed Scholarship at his alma mater the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a deserving student-athlete. The Michael Finley Foundation is dedicated to the support of our young future leaders.
Finley is an active real estate investor and venture capitalist who also enjoys playing golf in his spare time. Michael Finley resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and three children.