Renee Di Giulio-Naismith

Renee Di Giulio-Naismith: A Woman of Passion and Compassion

Welcome to the webpage dedicated to Renee Di Giulio-Naismith, a remarkable woman whose life story inspires and touches the hearts of many. Renee’s journey is one of resilience, compassion, and unwavering determination to make a difference in the lives of others, particularly children in need.

About Renee: Renee Di Giulio-Naismith was a beacon of light in her community and beyond. Her career as a travel agent spanned over 20 years, during which she not only excelled professionally but also found her true calling in philanthropy and humanitarian efforts. Renee’s love for travel brought her into the life of her fianc√©, Ian Naismith, whose grandfather, Dr. James Naismith, invented the game of basketball.

Philanthropic Work: Renee’s deep-rooted passion for helping others led her to establish and lead the Naismith International Basketball Foundation (NIBF), where she served as President. Through NIBF, Renee focused on aiding children in the United States and the Caribbean, providing essential items, sponsoring educational programs, and organizing life skills youth camps. Her dedication earned her the title of the “Mother Teresa of the Caribbean.”


Courageous Battle Against Cancer: Renee faced and triumphed over cancer not once, but twice, demonstrating remarkable strength and resilience. Her journey through chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries serves as a testament to her unwavering spirit and determination to live life to the fullest. Despite her own battles, Renee remained a source of positivity and inspiration to those around her.


Legacy: Though Renee’s physical presence is no longer with us, her legacy lives on through the countless lives she touched and the charities she championed. Her impact continues to be felt by children and families in need, both in her local community of Barrington, Illinois, and across the Caribbean islands.

Support Renee’s Causes: To honor Renee’s memory and continue her legacy of compassion, you can support NIBF and its initiatives in several ways:

  • Purchase a pink NIBF Cancer awareness basketball for $25.00
  • Donate items from our wish list
  • Make monetary donations to sponsor a camper or support essential programs
  • Volunteer your time and skills to contribute to our mission of helping children in need

Contact Us: For more information about Renee’s philanthropic work, to make a donation, or to get involved, please contact us at:

Email: h.perdomo@naismithfoundation.org

Phone: 321-444-7080

Memorial: In loving memory of Renee Di Giulio-Naismith (1956-2007), a compassionate soul who made a profound impact on the lives of many.

This webpage serves as a tribute to Renee’s remarkable life and enduring legacy of kindness and compassion. Let us continue to honor her memory by carrying forward her mission of helping those in need.