Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Basketball Star Reads First Book

Sports Illustrated reports,
Last spring [Kemba] Walker approached UConn academic counselor Felicia Crump and asked her to help him figure out how to earn his degree in sociology so that he could enter the draft this year and still graduate. Together they built a schedule that required Walker to take courses last summer in Storrs and then a full load in both the fall and the spring. “We’re talking about a young man who was just an average high school student, at best, and who had always been more concerned with basketball,” says Crump. “I told him, ‘If you can do this, you’ll leave behind a legacy that’s more important than anything you do on the basketball court.’”
Walker took schoolwork with him throughout the Big East and NCAA tournaments, completing short required papers while postponing tests until after the season. He met with his campus tutor on Skype. And in his travel pack is a copy of New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden’s Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete, a book that Crump encouraged Walker to read as part of an independent study class on racism in sports. Before the Final Four, Crump suggested that Rhoden’s book would be the first that Walker had ever made it through cover-to-cover. After the win over Kentucky, Walker confirmed this. “That’s true,” he said. “You can write that. It is the first book I’ve ever read.”
You shouldn't be allowed to graduate 2nd Grade without reading a book.  The fact that the University of Connecticut accepted this guy and paid for his education is a travesty.


  1. Wow...this leaves me speechless and very sad. I love books, and I hope I am raising kids who love to read too.

  2. Sadly, in sports he isn't an much an exception as people think. Thank God he decided to do something about it.

  3. And they wonder why China is kicking our hinies right now. Mother of Pearl!

  4. This is indeed a very inspiring story. I thought just by reading the title, he [Walker] hadn't been able to read a book's page or chapter for years. After reading the article, I was like, "good for him". It's really hardwork to earn a degree and play basketball.