• STEM Students Learn from Former Nuggets Players

    Students at Colorado STEM Academy gathered for their first ever assembly last week where retired Nuggets’ players Mark Randall and Ervin Johnson told them hard work is essential if they want to succeed.

    Randall and Johnson opened up to the children, sharing stories of their experiences in life and education and how they came to be NBA players. In addition, students asked questions and shared their goals with the former Nuggets players. One student planned to become a doctor, another artist.

    Randall graduated from Cherry Creek High School in 1986 and played four NBA seasons before joining the Nuggets as a team scout and coach. He has served as a Community Ambassador since 2003.

    “You are at the age where you need to be proactive in your life; in your school, in your household, in your community and in your future,” Randall told the students.

    Johnson, who was born in New Orleans, played 13 years in the NBA. He began his career with the Seattle Supersonics and also played with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks and the Nuggets. In 2003 he was presented with the NBA Community Assist Award for his commitment to helping others.

    “You are all different and it’s awesome,” said Johnson. He told the students that no matter what the goal, hard work is the key to achieving it.

    Both athletes encouraged the students to pursue higher education and their own dreams and goals, but most importantly, to be active in their education and community now to succeed later.

    Posted December 5, 2013