The man who inspired retired NBA basketball player Shaquille O’Neal to shoot for the stars delivered a powerful message to students devastated by the August flood.
Former LSU basketball coach Dale Brown hit the hardwood on Monday at Denham Springs High School. As the students filed into the newly-renovated gym, they were quickly reminded how lucky they are to be back. Just six months ago, the school was damaged by the flood. It was especially hard for the senior class.
“It was tough. We missed the scrimmage jamboree and the first game of the season senior year. It was hard,” said senior, Carl St. Cyr.
“Being away, we felt like there was something missing,” said another senior, Kamryn King.
The Yellow Jackets are back, and at center court to welcome them into the nest was a man who has been through a tough time or two himself. It was Dale Brown, the man who coached Shaquille O’Neal at LSU and is also responsible for putting LSU basketball on the map. He told the students about growing up on welfare on a farm with no bed.
“We had paint peeling off the wall, no heat, no air,” Brown said.
Students were about to learn the former coach is a master motivator too. He said he got that from his mother.
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