Andre Iguodala and Luke Walton Host Scholars of Tomorrow PTA Night, Presented By ScholarShare

Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala and former NBA player and Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton visited Oakland’s Bella Vista Elementary School on Tuesday, January 20 to take part in the Scholars of Tomorrow PTA Night, presented by ScholarShare. Iguodala and Walton, who both attended the University of Arizona and starred for the 2002-03 Wildcats basketball team,  spoke to the students about the importance of education and the value of planning early for college.

“Today was about a kick start to recognizing how important school is and how to prepare for the path to college,” said Iguodala. “I was fortunate to prepare for college early and I had the choice of where I wanted to go, and I want these kids to prepare for success.”

In a unique and exciting PTA Night at Bella Vista Elementary, the two Warriors joined ScholarShare to lead an insightful panel discussion on how teachers, parents and students can work together to achieve academic success for students in the long run. Walton shared how the involvement of his parents in his academic life and college preparation process prepared him for his future career.

“I learned you can do whatever you want as long as you keep your education going by learning something new every day and asking questions,” said Luke Walton. “I wouldn’t be here today without the guidance of my parents, some great teachers and a strong support system.”

The 200 enthusiastic students and parents in attendance listened intently on how the two NBA veterans prioritized academic success and made their schoolwork fun and interactive.

“My son and I learned tonight that above all, playing basketball can only happen by staying in school, doing well in your studies and planning early,” said Bella Vista Elementary parent Carla Poindexter. “Even with their careers, [Andre and Luke] are all about being involved with their kids’ school work and pushing reading together, which stuck with me.”

Iguodala and Walton were joined on stage by ScholarShare representative Jennifer Benson, who cleared up common misconceptions about planning for college and the benefits of starting the college savings process as early as possible. Parents were particularly interested in how being involved and proactive with their young students’ class work can pay off down the line.

“I’m so excited that so many parents came out tonight to learn about Andre and Luke’s stories and how to start thinking about the college attendance process,” said Bella Vista Elementary Principal Felicia Phillips.

After the panel discussion, Warriors PA announcer Matt Hurwitz joined Iguodala and Walton to host a raffle for autographed Warriors prizes. For the grand prize, one lucky family won a $1,000 ScholarShare College Savings Account, courtesy of ScholarShare.

“The Warriors and ScholarShare were happy to discuss the value of college to families and highlight how a college education helped Andre and Luke reach their goals on and off the basketball court,” said Benson.

This is the second event the Warriors and ScholarShare have partnered on during the 2014-15 season. On September 18, 2014, Santa Cruz Warriors guard Aaron Craft and assistant coach Bruce Fraser hosted Back to School Night to highlight the importance of education and college planning to 200 students and parents at San Francisco’s Jose Ortega Elementary School.


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