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Chris Paul is taking a class at Winston-Salem State in his free time

Chris Paul is taking a class at Winston-Salem State in his free time

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Chris Paul is following in his parents' footsteps and has enrolled in a class at Winston-Salem State.

Paul revealed that he is taking a class at WSSU, which his parents, Robin and Charles, both attended.

Paul said on ESPN's "First Take" on Friday afternoon that he’s taking a class and he’s also partnered with two other NBA players to help HBCU students get to the polls.

“We are providing transportation to HBCU students to get the polls so we are working on that now,” Paul said on the popular show.

Paul, 35, is an NBA star who played at West Forsyth and Wake Forest. Paul left after his sophomore season for the NBA.

Charles Paul said it’s nice that his son is taking a class at WSSU.

“He’s always wanting to learn new things, so that’s a good thing,” Charles said.

When Paul left Wake Forest he still had two years of eligibility left, but he definitely won’t be going back to play again in college.

“Not at age 35,” Charles said laughing.

Chris Paul appeared on First Take along with Stephen A. Smith to promote HBCU Week.

Paul said it’s important that folks know about HBCU’s, especially at this important time in our country.

“Just about everybody in my family went to an HBCU except for me,” Paul said. “When Stephen A. (a WSSU graduate) talks about Winston-Salem State, that’s near and dear to my heart. For me, it’s been about trying to give a voice to HBCU’s.”

James DuBose, an associate athletics director at WSSU, said hearing Paul talk about the importance of HBCU's is a big deal.

"And to see that he's helping get students to the polls is a big deal because he wants to make sure everybody gets that chance to vote," DuBose said.

Paul also brought awareness of HBCU's during the NBA playoffs near Orlando by wearing different shoes for each game that promoted various HBUC's. Among the many Nike-brand shoes he wore were WSSU, N.C. A&T and N.C. Central.




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