Former University of Kansas hoops star Wayne Simien will deliver the keynote address at the Martin Luther King. Jr. Day ceremony, which will be held at the Kansas Statehouse on Thursday, January 15. The ceremony is set to begin at 11:45 a.m. in Topeka, which will be followed by a symbolic march through the city and then wrap up with Simien’s speech at the Statehouse around noon.
Simien played for the Jayhawks from 2001 to 2005 and earned All-American honors as a junior and senior while also being named Big 12 Player of the Year in 2005. After earning his degree from KU he was selected in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat and played two seasons in the NBA. In 2006 he was an instrumental member of their NBA Championship team.
In 2009 he returned to KU as the director of Called to Greatness, a Christian student organization. As a campus minister he serves both traditional students and student athletes in addition to hosting outreach basketball camps.
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