Former NBA point guard and 2009 NBA Finals starter, Rafer Alston, is speaking at Piedmont Community College (PCC) on the Person County Campus, May 10, from 12 – 2 p.m. PCC’s Minority Male Success Initiative (MMSI) and First Year Experience (FYE) welcomes the legendary streetballer turned NBA starter as a summer/graduation send off, but this is event is more than that.
Alston wants to show the MMSI and FYE students what hard work, determination, and community can do to bring success; that perseverance, in and out of school, is a key factor in achieving your goals. “I am excited about the opportunity to speak at Piedmont Community College,” Alston said. “I hope to inspire, motivate, encourage, and provide different life skill strategies for these students to learn from.”
Alston continued, “Every successful year is a wonderful accomplishment, and all the hard work that these students have put in during their time at PCC will undoubtedly have them prepared for life ahead.”
Alston was a streetball legend (nicknamed “Skip 2 My Lou”), NBA starting point guard for multiple teams, and NBA scout, all while continuing to expand his reach to inspire through basketball. While Alston had some of his best regular seasons with the Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets, his most notable stint was with the Orlando Magic in 2009, helping lead the team to the NBA Finals to face Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I am extremely proud to have my friend and brother come and speak to our students,” said Hakeem Ward, Career Coach and FYE Coordinator for PCC. “I want our students to know the road to success is not easy, but with hard work, dedication and the right people in your corner, anything is possible!”
This event is available in-person for MMSI and FYE PCC students but will be available to watch on Facebook Live on the Piedmont Community College Facebook Page.
The Minority Male Success Initiative began on the PCC campus in 2017 as a place to aid students in building a stronger community through study groups, social programming, and professional development opportunities. Since, it has expanded to support and mentor minority males through a variety of institutional initiatives to develop and increase graduation and retention rates and help prepare the participants for life at an institution of higher learning.