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Grant Hill recalls the time when Bill and Hillary Clinton came to watch him play at an AAU tournament: "They sat in the bleachers with my parents as I earned another MVP"

Not a lot of players can say a future president of the US came to watch them play in high school, which is exactly what happened to Grant Hill when Bill and Hillary Clinton came to see him play
Grant Hill remembers when Bill and Hillary Clinton came to watch him play in high school

Bill and Hillary Clinton watched Grant play during an AAU tournament in the 80s when Clinton was still a senator for the state of Arkansas

Imagine if a future president of the US, alongside his family, came to watch you play in a high school game, sitting in the bleachers while you become the MVP of the tournament. It sounds unrealistic initially, but that is exactly what happened to Grant Hill when he was only known as a young and talented high-school player making a name for himself before becoming an NBA legend. 

In his new book Game: An Autobiography, Grant Hill talks about his life before a famous college career at Duke and his astonishing NBA career. Even as a youngster, Hill was already showing incredible potential, and fans would come to watch him play because they really had something to see with Hill's impeccable talent. One of those fans was Bill and Hillary Clinton, who watched Grant play during an AAU tournament in the 80s when Clinton was still a senator for the state of Arkansas. They were accompanied by Hill's parents, who were their personal friends years before Bill Clinton became the US president.  

Getting the MVP award in high school in front of the Clinton family

Hill's mom Janet was a friend of Hillary Clinton because they were both roommates in college and remained close friends later on in their lives, making Bill Clinton their personal family friend. Hill's dad, Calvin Hill, was a former NFL player, so Grant was always surrounded by famous and influential personalities that shaped his early years where he didn't disappoint.

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Playing in an AAU tournament with some of the most prominent young players in the country made Hill put on a show for everyone attending, winning the MVP award and later going to a water park and having dinner with both families. 

"That summer of 1988, my AAU team added a lithe guard named Randolph Childress. We destroyed teams on our way to the fifteen-and-under championship game at Arkansas State University, where we again faced Indiana. My mom invited one of her classmates, Hillary Clinton, and her family to the game. Hillary, Bill Clinton, the state's governor, and their young daughter, Chelsea, sat in the bleachers with my parents as I earned another MVP. Our families headed to a fast-food joint afterward before we spent the rest of the day at a water park, joined by Chris Webber. By then, my parents had formed a friendship with his family, and my mom planned to drop us off the next day at Nike Camp, hosted on the campus of Princeton University."

Grant's mom told him Bill Clinton will become the next US president

Grant's mother, Janet, was among many things in her successful career scientist at a private consulting firm and already, at the time, told her son the future US president was watching him from the stands. Grant, like any other teenager, didn't know much about who governor Clinton was until that day when they met, and their families spent some time together. 

"Governor Clinton, he's going to be president of the United States one day, my mom said on the drive to Princeton's leafy campus. I had never heard of the guy before the previous day. Yeah, sure, I thought, realizing later what my mom had proven for years: it's never wise to doubt her."

Bill Clinton became president in 1993 and was in office until 2001, making him the 42nd president in US history. His wife Hillary also built up an impressive political career and ran for the presidency in 2016. As we all know, Hill went on to have one of the most prominent college basketball careers while having the unfortunate of having his prime cut short due to various injuries. Everyone who watched him play knows he was one of the best players in the NBA while in his prime years, ranked in the same category as Michael Jordan. 

Even with all the things Hill accomplished in his own life, it's cool that one of the things he could say he did was play in front of a future US president while still in high school. It's also pretty remarkable he was able to go to a water park afterward, which makes the story even better because, at the end of the day, not a lot of people can say they had this experience growing up. 


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