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Record Number: 8078
Displayed from: Oct 10, 2011 , until: Oct 31, 2011
Indiana Pacers legend Darnell "Dr. Dunk" Hillman will visit Study Elementary School, 2414 Brooklyn Ave., at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, to talk to the students about setting goals and working hard. Dr. Dunk is considered one of the most exciting players in the history of professional basketball. In 1971, the 6-9 forward was drafted in the first round by the Golden State Warriors, an NBA team. He opted instead to sign with the ABA and play for the Indiana Pacers where he played for six seasons, followed by stints with the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Kansas City Kings and Golden State Warriors. Hillman earned a reputation for his stylish slam dunks and oversized Afro hairstyle, for which he won the "Biggest ABA Afro" Award at a 1997 ABA reunion. Among other accomplishments, Hillman won the first ever NBA Slam Dunk Contest. He retired in 1980 with a combined NBA/ABA total of 7,339 points and 5,809 in regular a post-season play. He now serves as the associate director of camps, clinics and alumni relations for the Indiana Pacers.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.