Former NBA Star, Trent Tucker Making a Difference in the Lives of Youth

By   Chris Kidd, Special for  USDR

Former NBA star, Trent Tucker, joined Financial Coach and Price of Business contributor and co-host, Chris Kidd for an interview on Price of Business on Business Talk 1110 AM KTEK (on Bloomberg’s home in Houston). Producer Sigmund Kramer, filled in for host, Kevin Price. Trent Tucker was a member of the 92-93 NBA Championship Chicago Bulls team. Today he is the Director of District Athletics for the Minneapolis, MN Public School District. Trent is a philanthropist and runs the Trent Tucker Non-Profit  Organization.

Tucker said, “As a young kid, I grew up in Flint, Michigan, you know basketball was always a huge part of my life. And at a young age I was lucky enough to have great mentors around me, and a great family situation, because it kinda put me on a path to think about something beyond the environment that I grew up in, and realizing that basketball used in the right way could put me on the right track to some of the things I wanted to achieve in life.” That track led Trent to the University of Minnesota, then to the NBA, and eventually being able to finish off his career by winning an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls, which says was “the icing on the  cake.”

Trent’s mentors and some of the people around him during his playing years had a profound impact on him and inspired him to start his own charity foundation. “During that time I had so many great teachers who taught me so many other important things outside of basketball how that I could be involved and to give back to certain causes that could help people that are less fortunate.” Trent Tucker’s foundation has always been focused on education. “We talk about the sports gig, and sports has played a huge part of my life, but if your academics are not in place today, its hard to be a part of a sport team. Your education is something that is going to extend much longer than your sporting  career.”

After this interview Tucker hosted a charity event to benefit the JDRS (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), a cause that is close to his heart. Chris and Trent also discussed finances and the importance of professional athletes being educated financially, because most do not properly handle their finances and investments. Trent also shared the story of how the NBA created the Trent Tucker  Rule.

Listen to the entire interview  here.

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