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    Education Secretary Duncan Schools Competition in NBA Celebrity All-Star Game

    On Friday night I happened to turn on the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game.

    There were a couple of former NBA stars playing (Yay, Penny Hardaway!), and a collection of celebrities such as Ne-Yo, Javier Colon (winner of the first season of The Voice), and Jesse Williams (aka Jackson on Grey’s Anatomy - aka McGorgeousEyes – my own definition).

    Alas, Justin Bieber wasn’t playing this year, but there was plenty of entertainment to go around thanks to pint-sized actor and comedian Kevin Hart. He talked a lot of smack and was determined to argue with the refs after every call. In the end, he was ejected from the game in hilarious fashion, threw his shoes into the crowd, and was named MVP after it was all said and done. Good times.

    But what really caught my eye when I first turned on the game was the fact that all of these guys were getting out-played by a tall, pale, gray-haired dude. He was grabbing offensive rebounds, making layups, drawing fouls, making free throws…Who was this guy!? He was tall enough to be a former player, but I’ve been following NBA basketball long enough to figure that wasn’t the case.

    Needless to say I was pretty surprised and impressed when they announced that number 26 belonged to Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The U.S. Education Secretary… Seriously? It turns out that Duncan was once the co-captain of the Harvard basketball team and even played professionally overseas in Australia from 1987-1991. Who knew!?

    I was even more impressed when one of the halftime interviewers asked Secretary Duncan about why he wore the number 26. His answer?  “Every 26 seconds someone drops out of high school," he replied.  He went on to say how important it is not only for everyone to complete high school, but also to obtain some form of post-secondary education and/or training. So not only was this guy schooling the other “celebrities” on the court, but he took the opportunity to remind us about what’s really important—education.

     

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