Orlando Magic rising star Victor Oladipo visited the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in the Washington D.C. area on May 27 to speak to the student body about how having a sister who became deaf while in the second grade impacted his life. In addition to that, he also discussed how she managed to overcome her challenges and is currently a substitute teacher at MSSD, where they are now. Oladipo even went so far as to say that he plans on hosting a basketball camp for the hearing impaired in the future, and that these students and his sister Kendra are the inspiration for that. It was a great experience for the kids to hear from someone that they can look up to who understands what some of their difficulties in life might be.
The Maryland native is a shooting guard for the team and got his career started at Indiana University, despite also getting offers from such schools as Notre Dame, Maryland and Xavier. He was the 2nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft where he was selected by the Orlando Magic and still plays with them today. The 6 ft 4 inch athlete also won the Sporting News Player of the year in 2013, which just goes to show that being recognized in that way so early in his career could just be the tip of the iceberg.
Oladipo also give the students a chance to ask him any questions they wanted afterwards, and he was a great source of support and understanding for the kids.
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