For Gordon Ball, earning his undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State in 1970 served as the first step in what would be a long and successful career path.
He never forgot those roots in Johnson City.
Ball, a Knoxville attorney and partner at the law firm of Ball & Scott, was recently honored for his substantial financial gift toward the completion of a new indoor practice facility inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center. Gordon Ball Court, a new practice facility for the ETSU men’s and women’s basketball programs which is located at the northeast corner of the Dome, was officially dedicated during a ceremony Thursday afternoon.
Ball said his desire was to assist ETSU in its primary mission of education.
“East Tennessee State gave me my educational start in life and I hope to always support the goal of ETSU to prepare young adults to thrive in our global world,” said Ball, who earned his law degree from fellow Tennessee Board of Regents member Memphis in 1974. “Public education is the life-blood of our country and must be fully funded to allow our country to grow and prosper, and it should be all citizens goal to make public education our number one priority.”
ETSU President Brian Noland voiced the appreciation of the entire ETSU family.
“Gordon Ball has provided the resources to create a facility that will assist our student-athletes in becoming more competitive on and off the courts, and will position our basketball program for an increased level of national prominence,” said Noland. “We are grateful to Gordon for his generosity and support of our student-athletes.”
ETSU head men’s basketball coach Murry Bartow said the new facility will benefit his program.
“This practice facility gives our team an outstanding place to work and improve, and individually our players now have the perfect place to develop their skills on the floor. It will also be a great recruiting tool for us,” Bartow said. “Gordon and I have developed a great friendship over the years, and he also had a close relationship with my father. He is an extraordinary person and has had an incredibly successful career as an attorney. I am proud to call him my friend.”