On Saturday George Raveling will be presented with the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement award by the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. For most who know George know him as the former coach at Washington State, Iowa, and USC. Some know him as being the Nike Executive that shaped their Grassroots Basketball program into the innovator that it is today. History buffs know him as the guardian of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “ I Have a Dream Speech”. I know him as a mentor to hundreds of people and more importantly one of my closest friends.
To take the time to list all of the achievements for him would not only take all day, but also would never do him justice. George is a special human being, not for being a basketball celebrity, but for using his fame to help shape people’s lives and help others.
In our society today there are very few people in positions of power that take the time to mentor others. Most take their fame and use it to help themselves achieve more and open more doors for selfish reasons. George uses his stature as a platform to help others in their careers and lives. Most of the information that you read on George is basketball or Martin Luther King related which are fascinating things.