Former NBA star John Amaechi met up with some local community members on December 6th to talk about humanism at the 3rd annual Humanist Community Day that took place at the Humanist Hub in the Boston area. This particular conference happened to coincide with the 2nd anniversary of the local Humanist community.During his speech, Amaechi discussed his personal views of humanism and how it affects his life, as well as how being a humanist requires deep thought and being mindful of others. It was a mind-opening discussion that left many people satisfied with what they heard.
The Boston born basketball star may have started out in the United States, but he was actually raised in Heaton Moor, England by his English mother, However, during his high school years Amaechi moved back to the USA to play basketball at St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio, which directly helped him become a part of Penn State’s basketball team. Amaechi was undrafted, but signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1995 with home he stayed with for two years before going abroad for a while to play internationally. Between 1996 and 1999 he bounced around between Greece, Italy, United Kingdom, and France by being a part of local club teams. In 1999 he returned once again to the NBA and played for the Orlando Magic, before doing two years with the Utah Jazz just prior to retirement.
The 1996 FIBA International Cup champion spoke in Boston during December to discuss humanism and how to be a part of a happy community. It was a great way to celebrate the 3rd annual event of its kind.
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