Lewis and Ree Miller Pledge to Give Cornerstone of Giving; Name Memorial Stadium WestZone Club – Official website for Clemson Tigers athletics
CLEMSON, SC – Lewis and Ree Miller of Spartanburg, SC have made a $ 2.5 million Cornerstone partner pledge to support IPTAY and Clemson University Athletics. The Millers are Cornerstone’s sixteenth founding partner in athletics since the initiative began in 2014. With an initial target of 10 partners when the program was implemented, the Cornerstone Partner Program has grown to 22 partners. In recognition of Miller’s visionary and transformational gift, the WestZone Club at Memorial Stadium was named in their honor.
“We are grateful to be a part of the Clemson family and are proud to be a founding member of Cornerstone Athletic Partners,” said Lewis Miller.
In addition to being Cornerstone Partners, Lewis and Ree have donated to IPTAY for 55 consecutive years. They have invested in the Lifetime Membership program and donate annually to the Heisman level ($ 12,000).
“Clemson Athletics and IPTAY continue to remain leaders in intercollegiate athletics due to the extreme generosity of people like Lewis and Ree Miller,” said IPTAY CEO Davis Babb. “We are very grateful for the commitment they have made to our student-athletes and our growing athletic program. Their donation will advance initiatives within our sports department by providing a world-class student-athlete experience for our young men and women who wear the Paw.
Lewis, a longtime Clemson Tiger, received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Clemson University in May 1971. While a student on campus, he was actively involved in intramural sports and its brotherhood, Kappa Sigma. Since then he has spent his entire career with the Southeastern Paper Group, where he started as a Warehouse Manager before moving on to CEO. Until its sale to NW Synergy (NWS) in December 2020, Southeastern Paper was a third generation, veteran-owned family business headquartered in Spartanburg, SC. and industrial packaging equipment and products.
“We are grateful to the Miller family and their unwavering support of Clemson athletics,” said athletics director Dan Radakovich. “Memorial Stadium is a special place on our campus. I am delighted that their family will forever be a part of the establishment with the name Lewis and Marie Miller Family WestZone Club. In addition, their donation will have a significant impact on our student-athletes for years to come, providing them with the resources to be champions in competition and in the classroom. “
Ree, a 1973 graduate of the University of Winthrop, is active in the community of Spartanburg, especially serving others in times of need. She and Lewis support the Hope Center for Children by dedicating their efforts to the organization’s mission of building stable and healthy families and providing children with a safe place from abuse and neglect. She also enjoys reading, being active in health and fitness, and attending the Tickled Pink Bible Study.
Lewis, like Ree, is dedicated to helping others. In addition to the Hope Center for Children, it supports Project Hope, which provides a lifetime of service to the autism community. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Mountainview Nursing Home.
“As a Clemson alumnus, I am very proud to wear the tiger paw and share the love of the Clemson family. We are honored to make this gift to Clemson to support our talented student-athletes and all that. Ree and I look forward to witnessing the continued success of the current and future Tigers in all phases of their college journey, ”said Lewis Miller.
The Millers reside in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and have four children: Benjy, Michelle, Andrew and Kimberly and six grandchildren: Ben, Rivers, Will, Elle, Graham and Wyatt.
With this gift, the Miller family became the sixteenth member of the Cornerstone Partner Program in Track and Field, joining those who pledged a minimum of $ 2.5 million to propel Clemson in the University’s quest to educate and prepare students- athletes who will compete and win at the highest levels.