Two incredible National Basketball Association stories of overcoming adversity and rising strong…

First ~ National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts ’80, the first woman to lead a U.S. professional sports union, spoke at Berkeley Law commencement on May 13, 2016.

NBA Players Association Exec. Dir. commencement speech, Berkeley Law 24 min

Second ~ Former professional basketball player Jay Williams opens up to Oprah about his near-fatal, career-ending motorcycle crash, his regrets and how he’s learned to fulfill his destiny despite those who say he threw it all away. Jay was poised to become one of the biggest superstars in the NBA until his devastating accident brought it all to a heartbreaking halt. After Jay’s big mistake cost him his career, his dreams and nearly his life, he began to refocus his energies on overcoming not just the physical challenges of his injuries but also the spiritual and mental hurdles he faced in the aftermath. Jay explains why he says that the worst decision he ever made has turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him. “I was lost. Basketball had defined me. My accident had defined me. And I had no idea what I wanted to do,” Jay tells Oprah. “I don’t think it was until later, a couple of years later, until I started going to counseling, started to try to go to church. I put my faith into something bigger.”

Link to podcast here 34 min 



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