An OG Speaks Reality

1Pee Wee Kirkland is a former street basketball player from New York City who played at Rucker Park during the 1970s. His 1971 season is regarded as legendary.

He was an All-City guard who was awarded a scholarship and attended Kittrell College basketball team averaging 41 PPg. He also attended Norfolk State University teaming up with later NBA star Bob Dandridge and his teams had phenomenal years winning the CIAA title in 1968 with a 25-2 record; they lost in the second round of the NCAA Division II Men’s Tournament.

In 1969, he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the fourth pick in the thirteenth round. It is speculated that he turned the offer down, because he was making more money being a drug dealer. At the time, the opportunities offered to him outside of the NBA were far more lucrative, in terms of financial gain and public recognition. Kirkland then got caught up in street life activities and eventually landed in Lewisburg Federal Prison where he scored 100 and 135 points in one game.

Now a reformed man, Kirkland travels the country speaking to youth about decision-making and pathways to success, in addition to self-esteem and other various issues plaguing the inner-cities of America.He presents his messages in the “School of Skillz” — a basketball and life skills campaign that is co-sponsored by Nike. Kirkland utilizes the respect he receives from young people because of his gangster past to reach at-risk youth and break down their misconceptions about “keepin’ it real” on the streets.

He was a faculty member of Long Island University teaching classes about the Philosophy of Basketball Coaching. In 2000, he earned a master’s degree in human services from Lincoln. Mr. Kirkland, Pee Wee, learned that education is the key to saving our youth and gives of himself to affect change in the lives of our youth. LISTEN TO HIM SPEAK! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

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