In Memoriam: Dana Davis
Dana Davis, 56, was entering his 13th season with the Grizzlies, overseeing player development programs that promote the personal, professional and social development of NBA players through educational programs and one-on-one mentoring. Among his numerous responsibilities with the team were the team’s travel schedule, accommodations and security on the road. He also served as the team liaison for the NBA’s Steering Committee for Player Development.
Richly giving of his time, Davis was extremely active in the communities of Memphis and his native Peoria, Ill. Named to the National Civil Rights Museum Board of Directors in July 2011, Davis used his extensive background in sports and entertainment to bring a unique perspective to the Memphis museum.
In addition to serving on numerous inner-city Boards in Peoria, Davis co-founded the Mitchell “J.J” Anderson All-Star Basketball Camp with Grizzlies Director of Pro Personnel Mitchell Anderson in 1997, helping children learn fundamentals of the game and discussing issues pertaining to today’s youth both in Memphis and Peoria. He also was honored as the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service Leadership Award by the King Holiday Committee in Peoria this past January.