May 10, 2010
Warriors Forward Ronny Turiaf Earns Degree From Gonzaga University
Five-Year NBA Veteran Took Part In Commencement Ceremonies On Sunday In Spokane, WA
Ronny Turiaf graduated from Gonzaga University on Sunday with a degree in sport management and a minor in applied communications. (photo: Gonzaga University)
Golden State Warriors forward and five-year NBA veteran Ronny Turiaf has earned his Bachelors of Education in Sport Management, with a minor in Applied Communications, from Gonzaga University and took part in commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 9. The ceremony will take place at the Spokane (WA) Veterans Memorial Arena.
“Taking part in a graduation ceremony at Gonzaga is a tremendous honor and a dream come true,” said Turiaf. “Completing my degree while playing in the NBA has been a tough process, but it was a promise that I made to myself and my family when I left school, and I am so happy to have achieved this goal. I’d like to thank everyone at Gonzaga that supported me throughout the entire process, as well as the Warriors organization for their assistance.”
Turiaf, 27, began his studies as a freshman student-athlete at Gonzaga in 2001 and has continued to make progress towards his degree since turning professional in 2005. While attending school full-time from 2001-2005, Turiaf enjoyed a storied four-year career on the basketball court, which culminated with his being named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 2004-05. He finished his collegiate playing career ranked fourth all-time on the school’s scoring (1,723 points) and rebounding (859) lists, while also ranking second all-time in blocked shots (179).
Shortly after being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 37th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Turiaf was diagnosed with an enlarged aortic root – a potentially life-threatening heart condition – and underwent a six-hour open-heart surgery procedure at Stanford Medical Center on July 26, 2005. Less than six months later, he played his first NBA game with the Lakers. After playing three seasons in Los Angeles, Turiaf signed as a free agent with the Warriors on July 10, 2008.
In 2009, he established The Ronny Turiaf Heart to Heart Foundation to help provide medical care for children who do not have health insurance and cannot afford the care that they so desperately need. The goal of the Heart to Heart Foundation is to raise money to provide health services including EKG’s, heart surgeries and defibrillators to children and schools in need.
For more information on Ronny Turiaf and his Heart To Heart Foundation, visit www.ronnyturiaf21.org.