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Killjan Anderson Hired as Executive Director of USA Basketball Foundation

  • Date:
    May 6, 2019

Killjan Anderson today was announced as the executive director of the USA Basketball Foundation, which was created in 2019. Anderson will begin his duties as the inaugural executive director of the USA Basketball Foundation on May 13.

As executive director of the USA Basketball Foundation, Anderson is responsible for all aspects of the USA Basketball Foundation, including developing a holistic fundraising platform to support various USA Basketball national team programs and youth and sport development initiatives.

“As a lifelong basketball fan, I’m incredibly excited to be entrusted with this amazing opportunity,” Anderson said. “I look forward to cultivating relationships between the men and women of USA Basketball at all levels and strategic partners to promote the sport, celebrate its values and help its participants succeed at life.”

He was hired at the USA Basketball Foundation after serving as the executive director of the Pat Tillman Foundation in Chicago since 2014. Prior to that, he served as the senior enlisted advisor at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from 2012 to 2014.

During his 21-years on active duty, his military career spanned stateside assignments in California, Colorado and Arizona; overseas tours in Korea, Japan and England; and deployments in support of Operation Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom.

“Killjan is an excellent fit for the newly formed USA Basketball Foundation,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball chief executive officer. “He joins the USA Basketball family after serving in the same role at the highly respected Pat Tillman Foundation, and he has an impressive 21-year military career. As the USA Basketball Foundation begins operations, Killjan’s experience will be crucial in developing the right strategy to accomplish the foundation’s goals.”

Anderson graduated in a bachelor’s degree in Management and Government from the University of Maryland-University College and with an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

He is a Center for Creative Leadership alumni, has presented at the SXSW Conference and currently serves in an advisory board capacity for Arizona State University’s Veteran Sports Law and Business Program, the NFL Player Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation and the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

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  • Date:
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