Brevin Knight played in the NBA for 12 years. Three of which were here for the Charlotte Bobcats. He’s a Stanford University grad who readily attests to a solid foundation he says his mother helped him build. One where he was not merely a force on the courts but a formidable student in school.
(Thank you to Ms. Leslie at KIPP Charlotte for sharing the video.)
I recently asked him to speak at KIPP Charlotte, a public charter middle school, where I’m a volunteer and board member. The student body is 99% minority. 70% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch. It’s a school where two-thirds of the students are boys, and if asked, often say they aspire to be pro ball players. The majority of the students live in the neighborhood destined to attend Garinger High School, a place where the graduation rate is a mere 40%. But at KIPP Charlotte the goal is not only to graduate high school but to be college bound. And nationally, 85% of KIPP alumni go onto college.
I wanted KIPP Charlotte students to hear Brevin’s story; one of perseverance, dreams and smarts. Where a Stanford scout happened to catch him playing basketball for Seton Hall Prep only because the game he was hoping to see was cancelled. Brevin’s high school coach was able to not only praise Brevin’s athletic agility but academic strengths. The rest, as they say, is history.