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On the court, he's a fierce competitor, the face of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise, and one of the most talented NBA players of all time. Off the court, he’s a father, a husband, a philanthropist, and one of the most down to earth people you’ll ever meet.
After leaving Wake Forest University, who retired his jersey in March, 2013, 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 six All Star selections. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native is also a two-time NBA First Team selection, a two-time All NBA Defensive First Team selection, a two-time NBA assist champion, and a five-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, boosting ticket sales and packing the arena with fans excited to see the 6-foot “King of Lob City” dazzle on the court with his trademark “ankle breaking” crossover, puppeteer-like handle, and of course his signature alley-oops which helped lead the Clippers to their first Pacific Division championship in 2013. 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 one of the Vice Presidents of the NBA Players Association) turning to the 27-year-old self-proclaimed “people-person” for wisdom and advice.
Now in Los Angeles, CP3 is still giving back. He joined forces with LA’s Best (an after school enrichment program based in Los Angeles) and participated in a fun 3K Walk that encouraged 3,000 kids to focus on health, nutrition and physical activity. You see, that’s what Chris Paul is about. Giving back and serving those in need. He continues to give his time selflessly by combining his passion for bowling (he’d be a professional bowler if he wasn’t playing basketball) and his commitment to philanthropy with his annual Chris Paul Charity Bowling Tournament which airs on ESPN and has previously featured fellow NBA stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, and Rudy Gay in support of the CP3 Foundation. When Chris puts his mind to something, whether it’s basketball or his charity work, he gives his absolute all.
Chris attributes his tenacious work ethic to his late grandfather, Nathaniel “Papa Chili” Jones, who opened the first black-owned gas station in North Carolina in the mid-sixties. In 2006, in loving memory of his grandfather, Chris created an endowment in his grandfather’s name which was paid in full in March, 2013 which provides for two scholarships with a preference to students from his former high school, one athletic scholarship and one academic scholarship.
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. His parents instilled in him and CJ at very young ages the importance of family, education, and being well-rounded, humble individuals. Even with all of the accolades and success, Chris is still a compassionate, caring person who would give a person the shirt off his back.
There are many words to describe Chris Paul: superstar basketball player, dedicated family man, effective leader, admirable humanitarian. And the reason why there are so many words is because of the values he has learned from his parents and grandfather that allows him to effortlessly be the dynamic person he is on and off the court.
Stephen Curry is in his fifth season as a guard with the Golden State Warriors. A rising star in the NBA, Curry is one of the league’s best shooters.
Curry was selected by the Warriors in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft (7th overall). He was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for January, March and April. He finished his rookie season as runner-up for the 2009-10 NBA Rookie of the Year Award and was a unanimous First Team All-Rookie selection.
In 2010, Curry was a member of the USA Men’s Basketball Senior National Team that went 9-0 and won the Gold Medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey.
In the 2010-11 season, Curry upped his scoring average to 18.6 points per game. He also averaged 5.8 assists per game and led the NBA in free-throw percentage. During the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend, Curry won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. He was also the recipient of the NBA Sportsmanship Award for the 2010-11 season.
Curry made huge strides in his 2012-13 season, which included a 54-point outburst against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. On the final day of the regular season, Curry broke the NBA record for three pointers made in a single regular season. His 272 made three pointers were three more than previous record-holder Ray Allen. Curry led the Warriors to the sixth seed of the 2013 NBA Playoffs and eventually a first-round series win over Denver in six games.
Curry splashed onto the national scene while leading Davidson College to the Elite 8 in the 2008 NCAA Basketball Tournament. His sharpshooting and boyish looks made him a national headline while his small school played the role of Cinderella.
In 2008-09 he led the nation in scoring with 28.6 points per game and was a consensus first-time All-America selection. Curry was twice named the Southern Conference Player of the Year. He holds career records at Davidson for scoring, three-pointers, free throws, 30-point games and 40-point games.
One of the NBA's brightest upcoming stars, 2-time NBA All-Star Blake Griffin has quickly become the face of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise.
As a prototypical power forward, his dominant physical presence combined with his outstanding size and strength make him one of the NBA's elite athletes, and the first rookie to be named to the NBA All-Star team since Yao Ming. The NBA recognized his talents by naming him the NBA Rookie of the Month six months in a row (November & December, 2010 + January, February, March & April 2011), and he was unanimously voted as the 2010-11 NBA Rookie of the Year.
The awards should not really be considered a surprise for the No. 1 pick of the 2009 draft — except that he was first named the Rookie of the Month for November of 2010, not 2009, the year he was drafted. After dominating summer league play and the 2009 preseason, Griffin suffered a season-ending injury just days before the 2009-10 NBA season was to begin. That is where his strong work ethic and legendary workout sessions quickly made him one of the hardest-working men in the business. It is this constant drive to be the best that has fueled his success and dominance at every level.
At just 17 years old, singer/songwriter Austin Mahone is poised for stardom. Already making his mark on the scene, Mahone has just sold out New York’s famed Best Buy Theater within minutes of on-sales.
2014 is off to a great start for Mahone. He released a snippet of his new single with PitBull, “Mmm Yeah.” If you are buying the single, make sure to check out our Do It For Yourself page. We are giving out signed Mahone swag! You don't want to miss out!
Not only does he have a solid fan base, known as “Mahomies,” but the teen sensation is gaining a legion of loyal fans in the media as well. He’s hot on the press trail stopping by high profile outlets such as Live! With Kelly & Michael, Access Hollywood, E! News, The Insider, VH1, MTV, and Popstar!