FORA.tv Speaker - Isiah Thomas
Born and raised on Chicago’s West Side, Isiah Lord Thomas III’s professional career spans more than three generations in business and sports. Thomas has garnered worldwide attention for his contributions in all levels of professional basketball, including induction into the NBA Hall of Fame, and for his distinctive business initiatives and philanthropic endeavors.
Chairman and CEO of Isiah International, Thomas is successfully applying his skills to the business world, building a career in waste removal & recycling, multi-family housing, and the sports industries.
As a player, Thomas built a reputation as a tireless worker and competitor. Thomas’s leadership and fighting spirit helped guide the last-place Detroit Pistons to back-to-back championships in 1988 and 1989. Thomas’ leadership and sharp business sense continue to serve him well in his post-playing days as a coach and executive, with the Continental Basketball Association, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, and the New York Knicks.
Off the court, he is pursuing a new challenge by dedicating his time to improving his community. Inspired by his mother’s work to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and families in Chicago, Thomas founded Mary’s Court in her honor to support the health, safety, academic and personal achievement of Chicago’s youth and youth around the country.
Thomas has gained national recognition for his role in Chicago’s Peace Tournaments and his advocacy to prevent youth violence. He has awarded over 100 scholarships to criminal justice students through The Isiah Thomas Scholarship at Indiana University, his alma mater. He continues to work on his Master’s in Education from University of California at Berkeley.
Thomas is currently serving as an analyst for NBATV and a regular contributor to NBA.com.
Thomas has two children and he currently lives in New York with his wife of 27 years and college sweetheart, Lynn Kendall.
03.06.13 | 00:54:18 min
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