NBA guard Norris Cole was the keynote speaker at this year’s Planned Learned Achievement for Youth Program that happened on April 15th in Springfield. It was the 25th anniversary of the program, and Cole was very happy to be a part of it and speak to the large audience. The P.L.A.Y. program, which was founded in Amherst, is a special two-week event for youngsters to learn basketball skills and improve their everyday routines. Cole was an active participant in this basketball camp and grew very close to the kids who participated, which left some lasting imprints on the youth athletes.
The Dayton, Ohio native was a star high basketball player from his younger years as a teenager, which eventually led to him playing for Cleveland State University during his college years. He entered the 2011 NBA draft where he was selected as the 28th overall pick in the first round by the Miami Heat. Cole stayed in Miami for four seasons before joining the Pelicans in New Orleans where he still is today.
The two-time NBA Champion was recently the keynote speaker for the 25th anniversary of the Planned Learning Achievement for Youth Program celebration that happened in April, and it’s clear that he was a great influence on everyone who got to attend.
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Watch Norris Cole Speaking about his time with the Miami Heat: