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November 2, 2013

Former NBA player Chad Varga speaks at area schools

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Varga then asked everyone in the room who wanted to be successful to raise their hand. Every hand in the room rose. He took out $20 and asked everyone who wanted the money to raise their hand. The room was filled with raised hands. Varga again asked who wanted the money when NDHS student Lucas jumped up and grabbed it.

While the assembly laughed, Varga taught an important lesson. “I’m not advocating stealing by any means, but successful people don’t just raise their hands. They make their success happen. Every single one of you has great gifts, use them.”

At the end of his presentation, Varga spoke about his new book, Bounce: Down is Inevitable, Up is a Choice. The ending of the book, which details many of the stories from his childhood, was written by Chad’s mother, who he has since reconciled with now that she is sober. He said it wouldn’t be complete unless she finished it. The book, which will officially release later in November, will be tied in with Common Core standards for schools that wish to use it as an educational tool.

Varga received a standing ovation when he concluded his speech and the line of students wanting to speak to him directly stretched across the room. Several students were moved to tears and Chad took the time to comfort anyone he saw in distress. For many students, the time spent listening to Varga speak appears to have made a lasting impression.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004

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