Dizz Grier . . .
Tony "Dizz" Grier's relationship to basketball is like sand to a beach — his vision and unwavering passion helped shape the game in Florida for over 40 years.
During college, Grier became the University of South Florida's all-time leading scorer and an eventual San Antonio Spurs NBA draft pick. Although an NBA career eluded him, he maintained his link to the game well beyond his playing years.
In 1986, as the youngest General Manager in semi-pro basketball, Grier led the United States Basketball League's Tampa Bay Flash to a USBL Championship. In 1989, he promoted the Orlando Magic to the Tampa Bay market during their inaugural season. Remembering how the sport helped him mature, Grier ran basketball training camps and founded the Tampa Bay Youth Foundation. In 1990, he was featured in Florida Business Magazine as an up-and-coming entrepreneur.
He later took his team-building and leadership skills to the corporate world but never wavered from his devotion to sports and the development of young people. After a decade of presentations and sales calls, he returned to basketball in 2001 to work with the Miami Heat, and helped facilitate the Heat Summer Basketball camps.