HBCU Sports Menu

HBCU Sports
View Latest Posts
View Subscriptions
Posting Instructions

Active Bloggers

Kennedy Williams Kennedy Williams
Spelman College class of 2020
Kara Masterson Kara Masterson
class of
Kamal Imani Kamal Imani
New York Inst of Tech class of 1997
Wright Seneres Wright Seneres
Rider University class of 1997
HBCU CONNECT HBCU CONNECT
Central State University class of 1995
Temeka Wilson Temeka Wilson
class of
Reggie Culpepper Reggie Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
Keiara Auzenne Keiara Auzenne
UC, Los Angeles class of 2011

OKC Thunder's Chris Paul promoting HBCUs with 'sneaker tour' during NBA restart

Posted By: Elynor Moss on August 09, 2020

Composition Creator: Joe Mussatto

Chris Paul wore a mask embroidered with the letters HBCU, but it muffled his voice Wednesday night as he addressed reporters after routing the Lakers.

“Shoot, I can’t even hear myself,” said Paul, as he removed the mask.

But his message wasn’t lost.

Throughout the season restart, Paul has worn more than masks to promote Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Paul has represented three HBCUs by sporting customized Jordan sneakers in the Thunder’s first three games in the Orlando bubble.

“HBCUs are very special to me,” Paul said, “and I’m gonna keep championing them as much as I can.”

Each pair of shoes has incorporated the logo and colors of an HBCU with the message “Can’t give up now” and “#Breonna Taylor.”

First up were blue and gold sneakers for North Carolina A&T State. Next was a maroon and white pair for Alabama A&M. Paul picked Howard University against the Lakers.

Howard’s Bison logo was fixed to the heel of the pewter and blue shoes, and Paul wore a Howard letterman jacket and Howard basketball shorts before and after the game.



“So, about this HBCU sneaker tour … who should be next?” Paul tweeted Wednesday.

He included a phone number with a 336 area code in the tweet. It’s the area code of Paul’s hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina — home of Winston-Salem State, an HBCU and the alma mater of Paul’s parents.

Paul, who went to Wake Forest as a prized basketball recruit, is one of the only members of his family who didn’t attend an HBCU.

The “336” number Paul shared is also the area code of Greensboro, home of North Carolina A&T, the largest HBCU in the nation.

“He really holds a special place in the hearts of our students, faculty and administration,” said Todd Simmons, associate vice chancellor for university relations.



“We’re so appreciative of his involvement with A&T, which has been fairly extensive.”

Paul, who wore a gold “Ayantee” T-shirt last Saturday, launched an internship pipeline earlier this year between NC A&T and Live Nation Urban. His goal was to introduce students to opportunities in the live music industry.

Paul, working with Harvard professor Anita Elberse, also started a Business of Sports Media and Entertainment course at NC A&T this spring.

Kevin James, the dean of NC A&T’s College of Business and Economics, said Paul approached the school with the idea after attending his cousin’s graduation ceremony.

“One of the things I love about it is Chris Paul and his foundation are being strategic and intentional,” James said. “This is not just a fun little thing to do.”

What started as a pilot course will continue this fall semester.

“He looked at the lack of diversity on the business side of sports and entertainment,” James said. “And understanding that a lot of African American kids coming up, they see the entertainer, they see the athlete, and they don’t really have reason to think about the fact that there’s a whole array of business and professional jobs behind all of those operations that they can participate in without being an athlete or entertainer.”

Paul’s involvement with HBCUs extends beyond North Carolina A&T. The Chris Paul Family Foundation donated $50,000 to Winston-Salem State’s athletic department last April.

In July, Paul announced that he’s producing a documentary series that will follow HBCU basketball teams over the course of a season.

“With the current racial awakening in our country prompting young athletes to look at where they play,” Paul said, “it’s now more important than ever to shine a light on HBCUs and showcase their value in sports and society.”

Paul is shining a light through his sneakers. The Jazz and Lakers games, when he represented NC A&T and Howard, were on national television.

“We have all these accolades and a lot of people don’t know our name,” James said. “Just to create visibility, to trigger people to look us up and see what we have, is tremendous.”

But behind Paul's sneakers are actionable steps.


https://oklahoman.com/
If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!

OKC Thunder

Comments
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
Accept your invitation to become a new hire at an Employer in your field of expertise!
#FAMUConnect: Who do you know from FAMU? We introduce you to Mr. Shaun Watson
#HBCUEmployment: Opportunities are available! Seek a new career here...
Connect with the HBCUConnect representatives for help attaining a career in Healthcare, Education, and Technology
Careers for professional talented workers: applicants invited to apply to the following new employers
Working on attaining a new career requires options. Research the jobs on this list to see if you want to apply!
Latest HBCU Sports
West Virginia State University Announces Modified 2021 Homecoming Schedule

West Virginia State University Announces Modified 2021 Homecoming Schedule

West Virginia State University (WVSU) is modifying its 2021 Homecoming schedule to better ensure the health and safety of all those who attend. All Homecoming activities will take place October 15-16 ...more
Kennedy Williams • 46 Views • September 24th, 2021
Bayou Classic Announces Presenting Sponsors of Halftime Show

Bayou Classic Announces Presenting Sponsors of Halftime Show

The Bayou Classic announced that Grambling University Foundation, Inc. and the Southern University System Foundation, Inc., have extended their corporate partnership agreement with The Coca-Cola Compa ...more
Kennedy Williams • 208 Views • September 21st, 2021
Winning VSU Coach Lonnie Blow to Remain at VSU

Winning VSU Coach Lonnie Blow to Remain at VSU

Virginia State University is proud to announce that Trojans’ head men’s basketball coach Lonnie Blow, Jr. has signed an extended contract with the University and will remain as head coach through 2023 ...more
Kennedy Williams • 418 Views • September 17th, 2021
Texas Southern University Student and Professional Boxer looks to shine in Hollywood

Texas Southern University Student and Professional Boxer looks to shine in Hollywood

RAPHAEL “TROUBLE” IGBOKWE LOOKS TO SHINE IN HOLLYWOOD LIGHTS IN HEADLINING SUPER WELTERWEIGHT BOUT MONTEBELLO, CALIFORNIA – September 9, 2021-- Tom Loeffler’s 360 Promotions ‘Hollywood Fight Nights ...more
Carrington Gilbert • 167 Views • September 9th, 2021
FVSU Red Tails Classic Win Ends 8 Game Losing Streak Against Tuskegee

FVSU Red Tails Classic Win Ends 8 Game Losing Streak Against Tuskegee

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Business was handled. The Wildcats defense made its presence felt early and set the tone with a goal-line stand on its first defense on the night. Fort Valley State used a stifling ...more
Kennedy Williams • 348 Views • September 7th, 2021
Popular HBCU Sports
Sources: Deion Sanders Finalizing Deal to Become Head Coach of HBCU - Jackson State University!

Sources: Deion Sanders Finalizing Deal to Become Head Coach of HBCU - Jackson State University!

Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders is finalizing a deal with Jackson State University to become the school's next head coach, according to Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger. ...more
Will Moss • 79,333 Views • September 18th, 2020
HBCU North Carolina Central Now The Favorite to Land Lebron James Jr. Son of Superstar Lebron James

HBCU North Carolina Central Now The Favorite to Land Lebron James Jr. Son of Superstar Lebron James

Duke has long been considered a favorite to land LeBron James Jr., son of the Los Angeles Lakers superstar and living NBA legend. In the wake of today’s monumental Makur Maker news, oddsmakers think t ...more
Will Moss • 76,995 Views • July 20th, 2020
Coach Deion Sanders & Jackson State Make Offer to Top High School Football Prospect and LSU Commit, Khamauri Rogers!

Coach Deion Sanders & Jackson State Make Offer to Top High School Football Prospect and LSU Commit, Khamauri Rogers!

Holmes County football coach Marcus Rogers had one main statement to make when his son Khamauri Rogers, the top junior in Mississippi, received an offer from Jackson State on Sept. 23. "I don't kno ...more
Will Moss • 63,733 Views • October 5th, 2020
Deion Sanders Announces His Coaching Staff @ HBCU, Jackson State University!

Deion Sanders Announces His Coaching Staff @ HBCU, Jackson State University!

JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State head football Deion Sanders is excited to announce his inaugural coaching staff. The staff includes a unique blend of coaches at the NFL, intercollegiate, and prep level ...more
Will Moss • 51,975 Views • December 7th, 2020
Please Give Us a Like on Facebook!