Steve attended Pershing High School in Detroit and then Michigan State University from 1987-1991, where he became a First Team All American basketball player, and the Spartans’ all-time leading scorer, with 2,263 points. Steve was selected in the first round of the NBA draft by the Miami Heat 1991 and played for 14 seasons until announcing his retirement in 2005. Steve was a member of the gold medal winning Dream Team II during the 1994 FIBA Word Championships in Toronto, and was honored to represent his country in 2000 playing for the gold medal winning U.S. Olympic Basketball team in Sydney, Australia.
Throughout his career Steve has carried with him a strong commitment to his community, which was instilled in him by his mother and father. In 1997, Steve gave the largest single donation ever made by a professional athlete to an alma mater to construct the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, in honor of his late mother who died of cancer during Steve’s rookie NBA season. A portion of the donation also funds The Steve Smith/Pershing High/MSU Scholarship for Academic Achievement which provides high-achieving students from Detroit Pershing High School the opportunity to attend Michigan State University. In 2009, Steve earned the Dick Enberg award, which recognized him for his commitment to promoting the values of education and academics to student-athletes.
During the 1997-1998 NBA season, Steve received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, and was later awarded the Joe Dumars Sportsmanship Award in 2002. His goodwill and compassion for others placed Steve in an elite group of athletes when he was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 2006. Steve earned the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s humanitarian award in 2015 as a recipient of the Mannie Jackson — Basketball’s Human Spirit Award.
Now a game and studio analyst for NBA TV and the Big Ten Network, Steve serves as a Trustee for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as well as serving as a Board Member to the Atlanta Tipoff Club and the Hughes Spaulding – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Community Board. Approximately $1,000,000 has been raised to help support the Steve Smith Charitable Fund, Michigan State University, and local charities in the following Michigan cities: Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, as well as in Atlanta, Georgia.