Ex-NBA gay athlete to speak on inclusion, character, performance


JohnAmaechi2Ex-NBA center John Amaechi will reportedly spend three days at the New Canaan Country School, talking with students, teachers and parents about inclusion, character and performance starting Jan. 7, according to Patch.com.

Amaechi, who is also a New York Times best-selling author, psychologist, executive coach, social entrepreneur, has also worked with independent school institutions and public school boards in Europe North America.

Amaechi will speak with the Country School community about the holistic power and impact of an inclusive educational environment and how Country School can best prepare students for the challenges of globalization.

Amaechi has an extensive corporate client base including Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, EY, the National Education Association and is a member of KPMG’s Inclusive Leadership Board.

Amaechi was born in Boston, Mass., and grew up in Manchester, England. He returned to the U.S. in his late teens to fulfill his dream to play in the NBA.

He spent 5 years in the NBA, playing for Cleveland, Orlando and Utah. During his best season, with Orlando Magic (99-00), Amaechi averaged 10.5 ppg and 3.3 rpg per game, playing 80 games (53 started), in 21.1 minutes per match.

Amaechi played a total of 294 NBA games (93 started), averaging 6.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg in 16.4 minutes per game. After retiring from the sport, Amaechi became the first ex NBA star to come out publicly as gay.

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