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THREE-TIME NBA ALL-STAR CHRIS PAUL FEATURED IN NEW PSA
FOR U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONS TEACH CAMPAIGN

NBA Joins U.S. Department of Education to Encourage Young People to Enter the Teaching Profession

October 19, 2010

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has partnered with the U.S. Department of Education on the national Public Service Announcement for its new TEACH campaign featuring New Orleans Hornets All-Star Chris Paul. The PSA features Paul talking about the teacher who personally inspired him and will begin airing immediately on NBA TV and continue to air throughout the season during NBA game broadcasts on TNT and ESPN. NBA.com and TEACH.gov will also feature the PSA, which can be seen here.

A teachers work is incredibly challenging, and I am encouraged to see professional athletes like Chris Paul stepping up to recognize the inspiring teachers who made a difference in their lives, said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. With more than a million teachers expected to retire in the coming years, we have a historic opportunity to transform public education in America by calling on a new generation to join those already in the classroom.

I have experienced first hand the important role that teachers play in inspiring students to dream big and achieve their goals, said Paul. One of my 10th grade teachers, Mrs. Felder, was a true inspiration, teaching me the values of hard work and dedication. With her example guiding me, I'm proud to take part in the TEACH campaign and to encourage others to become teachers and provide a positive resource for future generations.

The TEACH campaign seeks to raise awareness of teaching as a valuable profession and to increase the number, quality, and diversity of educators by providing aspiring teachers with the tools they need to launch their careers. Learn more at TEACH.gov.



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