Friday, February 09, 2007

I know this is LGBT history month, but man of the moment must be the former NBA basketball player, John Amaechi.

John Amaechi (b.1970)
John Amaechi (b.1970)

John was born the son of a Nigerian father and English mother and spent his early years in Britain before moving to the USA, where basketball is a national sport.

After a successful basketball career in America, he played for the England national basketball team in the Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne last year, in which the England team won a bronze medal.

Apart from his television commentary work in Britain John is involved in promoting basketball and sport in general as a healthy activity. He also donated a sum of money towards building the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester. His autobiography Man in the Middle came out this week, as did John himself.

Incidentally, the BBC has made a children's drama concentrating on the members a wheelchair basketball team, the Desperados.

More about John Amaechi

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