Nate McMillan Fan Favorite at Back to School Jam


Former N.C. State basketball standout and Raleigh native (Enloe High) Nate McMillan was in town showing the same high character that N.C. State fans have come to love and appreciate over the years.  The 12 year NBA veteran  and  2nd round pick in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Seattle Supersonics who later coached the Supersonics and Portland Trailblazers spent Saturday, August 9, 2014 giving back to the community as   he participated in the Lion’s Park Back to School Jam & Book Bag Giveaway.

KCSSU Director Kevin Bobbitt, Gary Payton, Meshareese Crowder and Nate McMillan

The event was sponsored by Kemetic Cultural Science and System of Unity or KCSSU, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to raise youth awareness from a spiritual, mental, psychological and physical perspective.  Saturday’s event, held at Lions Park Community Center in  southeast Raleigh, was a resounding success according to center director Christie Jones.   CEO Kevin Bobbitt,  proudly  told Old North  Banter  how  his  organization (KCSSU) improved upon last year’s  giveaway  by distributing  t-shirts, book  bags  filled  with  spiral notebooks, folders, pencils and crayons to the 500 children in attendance and other goodies to the approximately 800 total who braved the rainy weather to see McMillan and his special guest: Seattle Supersonic teammate and Hall of Famer Gary Payton. Both played together for many years at the guard position in Seattle.

McMillan, who also attended last year’s event, related how he grew up in these same neighborhoods and  never  envisioned    playing   NBA basketball. Bobbitt said McMillan explained to the children the value of making the right choices and gave an encouraging message of hope and inspiration. According to Bobbitt, McMillan was “at a loss for words” at the amount of people who came out. McMillan expected only 50 or so to show up.

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On hand for the Saturday fun was a DJ, plenty of music, pizza and hotdogs for attendees and the 50 volunteers who also gave of their time.

Bobbitt said McMillan, currently an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers, was in town to celebrate he and his wife’s 50th birthdays so the timing worked out great for everyone; especially the children.

Happy Birthday Nate and welcome home!