Indiana Pacers assistant coach Nate McMillan was the keynote speaker on July 25 in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Lions Park Community Center for the 3rd Annual Back 2 School Jam & Bookbag Giveaway. The event was hosted by the Kemetic Cultural Science and System of Unity, which is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness of youth spiritual, psychological, physical and mental well-being. McMillan grew up in the northern part of North Carolina where there isn’t much of an economic advantage, but he spoke to the kids who currently live in that area about keeping their dreams and hopes high as they can do much better for themselves than they think. The former point guard spoke about everything that he had to overcome in order to get himself into the NBA and how his hard work and dedication paid off.
The 1994 NBA steals leader was born and raised in Raleigh and after graduating high school he went on to play basketball for Chowen College and the University of North Carolina. He was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in the 1986 NBA Draft as the 30th overall pick, and played for the team for 12 years before retiring from his playing career in 1998. Thereafter he went on to coach the Supersonics for five years before coaching the Portland Trail Blazers for another seven, and has been the assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers since 2013.
McMillan returned home to Raleigh this summer to speak at the 3rd Annual Back 2 School Jam & Bookbag Giveaway as the keynote speaker, and provided more proof to today’s youth that anything can be accomplished with determination and hard work.
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