NBA Player and Olympian; Seven-Time All-Star and Two-Time Gold Medalist
On the court, Chris Paul, or CP3, as fans affectionately call him, is a force to be reckoned with, a fierce competitor, the face of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise, and one of the most talented, respected NBA basketball players of all time. After leaving Wake Forest University at end of his sophomore year, Chris…
On the court, Chris Paul, or CP3, as fans affectionately call him, is a force to be reckoned with, a fierce competitor, the face of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise, and one of the most talented, respected NBA basketball players of all time.
After leaving Wake Forest University at end of his sophomore year, Chris was chosen by the New Orleans Hornets with the fourth pick in the 2005 NBA draft, which led to NBA Rookie of the Year honors, and the first of his seven All Star selections. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native is also a four-time NBA First Team selection, a four-time All NBA Defensive First Team selection, a three-time NBA assist champion, and a six-time NBA steals champ. He played with the Hornets for six seasons and took the team to their first Southwest Division title in franchise history in 2008 before signing with the Clippers in 2011.
Since joining the Clippers, Chris has elevated the once dormant franchise into a legitimate contender. The magnetic, feisty point-guard has become a well-respected, admired leader of his team, as well as to the entire NBA, with teammates and other players (Chris serves as Presidents of the NBA Players Association) turning to the 29-year-old for wisdom and advice.
Four years after winning the gold medal with Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Chris played an integral role in the United States taking home the gold again at the 2012 Olympics in London.
But basketball isn’t the only thing keeping Chris busy these days. He donates his time and money to the nonprofit organizations Feed the Children, the Special Olympics of North Carolina, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Meals on Wheel.
The foundation also refurbished four basketball courts to help rebuild the city of New Orleans. Chris partnered with Chase Bank and created the CP3 Afterschool Zone, an after school program that provides children with safe places to enjoy enrichment activities while getting assistance with their homework. Chris hosts an annual Chris Paul Charity Bowling Tournament, which airs annually on ESPN.
Chris attributes his tenacious work ethic to his late grandfather, Nathaniel “Papa Chill” Jones, who opened the first black-owned gas station in North Carolina in the mid-sixties. Tragically in 2002, during Chris’ senior year at West Forsyth High School, his 61 year-old grandfather was tragically beaten to death outside of his home during a robbery attempt.
The loss was undeniably hard for Chris and his family, but with his strong faith and huge heart, a game a week after the murder, as a tribute to Papa Chill, Chris scored one point for every year his grandfather lived. When he reached the 61-point mark, he intentionally missed a free throw, and then took himself out of the game.
Although his career keeps him extremely busy, for Chris, who is married to his college sweetheart, Jada, with two small children, family comes first and matters above all.
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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