Retired NBA player speaks to SHSU students

David Maurice Robinson, known to the sports world as “The Admiral,” is coming to our campus today to speak in the Fall 2003 presentation of the “President’s Speaker Series.”

The two-time NBA championship winner, is scheduled to appear at 11 a.m. in the Killinger Auditorium, of the Beto Criminal Justice Center.

Robinson is the only male basketball player in U.S. history to appear in three different Olympic games. He has two gold medals and one bronze medal for participating in the Olympics.

Sports accolades seem to cling to Robinson, with him capturing over six NBA awards while playing for the San Antonio Spurs; Rookie of the year in 1990, Rebounding title in 1991, Defensive Player of the year and Block Shot title in 1992, Scoring title in 1994, the NBA’s Most Valuable Player of the year in 1995. Robinson was also named to the All-NBA first team four times, 91′, 92′, 95′ and 96′.

Since Robinson’s retirement from the NBA last season, he has made strides towards becoming a distinguished Humanitarian. He was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 1998, along with Pele and Jackie-Joyner Kersee.

David and his wife Valerie, created the David Robinson Foundation in November of 1992. The Foundation is a Christian organization whose mission is to support programs, which address the physical and spiritual needs of the family.

Robinson and his wife have also donated $9 million to help create the Carver Academy. The independent school was designed to assist pre-k through eighth grade students who live primarily in the low-income African-American and Hispanic communities of San Antonio’s diverse eastside.

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