TITLE: Bob Lanier with NBA/WNBA Players Chris Duhon and Ivory Latta: 2008 National Book Festival
SPEAKER: Bob Lanier, Chris Duhon, Ivory Latta
EVENT DATE: 09/27/2008
RUNNING TIME: 24 minutes
NBA legend Bob Lanier and NBA/WNBA players Chris Duhon and Ivory Latta appear at the National Book Festival.
Speaker Biography: Bob Lanier, an eight-time NBA All-Star, is a legend both on and off the court. Through NBA Cares, Lanier routinely works with programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes. Lanier remains active with many other organizations related to children and education. He also has served as honorary chairperson of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and holds two honorary doctorates. In addition to his many accomplishments, Lanier co-wrote a four-part children's book series titled "Hey L'il D!" that is inspired by Lanier's own childhood. The series seeks to promote a positive attitude for children in the face of life's challenges, as well as the power and value of reading and education.
Speaker Biography: In 2004 Chris Duhon was selected in the NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls and proved to be a great asset to the team, helping them to advance in the playoffs for three consecutive seasons. Duhon shows exceptional leadership skills off of the court, as well. In 2007 he was honored with the NBA's Community Assist Award, particularly for his continued commitment to the New Orleans community following Hurricane Katrina. Duhon's relief efforts included the launch of "Operation 21," an initiative that refurbished 21 basketball courts in New Orleans and surrounding areas by raising more than $450,000 through his Stand Tall Foundation to aid in the city's reconstruction.
Speaker Biography: Ivory Latta joined the Atlanta Dream, the WNBA's newest franchise, in 2008. The 11th overall pick in the 2007 WNBA draft, Latta was selected by the Detroit Shock and enjoyed a strong rookie season. She entered the WNBA after a remarkable collegiate career that earned her numerous accolades, such as the 2007 Associated Press All-America and the 2006 National Player of the Year from ESPN.com. Latta is one of the most active WNBA players in her community and works with Cheer for Children, which provides gifts to needy children in her hometown of Rock Hill, S.C.
SERIES: National Book Festival 2008