While at Duke, Mr. Bilas competed as a scholarship basketball player and played in the NCAA Final Four, as well as internationally for the United States National Team. He was one of two student-athletes in the nation appointed as a member of the NCAA Long Range Planning Committee and received the Duke University Senior Leadership Award. While earning his law degree, he served as an assistant basketball coach. After his graduation, he was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks and played three years of professional basketball overseas. Mr. Bilas has participated as a coach in both “Operation Hardwood – Hoops with the Troops” basketball tournaments in which NCAA coaches and sports personalities coach military basketball teams at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. He is also a partner in a charitable foundation called Athletes United for Youth which benefits youth education in the greater Charlotte area.
Mr. Bilas is active in the community, serving on the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center Brain Tumor Advisory Board and as chairman for the Duke Annual Fund. Mr. Bilas has been a member of the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, and participates frequently in Duke Law School panels, symposia and student classes. In August 2004, Mr. Bilas was the keynote speaker at the Law School’s Fall Orientation, which marked the launch of the Duke Blueprint to Lead program.
Established by the Law Alumni Association in 2000, the Young Alumni Award honors an individual who graduated within the last fifteen years, has distinguished himself or herself professionally, and who has made significant contributions of leadership and service to Duke Law School.