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The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has announced that Virginia Sports Hall of Fame legend Johnny Newman will join the Wells Fargo Sports Breakfast lineup for this year's Festival.
Newman, a Danville native, played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks. During his professional career, Newman amassed 12,740 career points as a guard/small forward. He was the 29th player selected in the 1986 NBA draft.
Newman was a standout at the University of Richmond, where he helped lead the Spiders to several Colonial Athletic Association championships. He is the university's all-time leading scorer, and his 2,383 career points still stands as a school record. The school retired his jersey in 1991.
Newman holds the distinction of being one of the few NBA players to hold both a Bachelor's Degree (University of Richmond) and a Master's Degree (Virginia Commonwealth University).
Newman is also an entrepreneur and has started many businesses, some targeted specifically to help the economies of low-income areas. He serves as the Sports Chairman of the National Board of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is the Chairman of the Youth Council of the Workforce Investment Board, and he is also the Program Chairman for the Henrico County Police Athletic League (PAL).
Henrico County recently awarded Newman with their 2011 National Award for PAL Male Volunteer of the Year.
At this year's Wells Fargo Sports Breakfast, which will be held on May 4 at the Winchester Moose Lodge, Newman will present a message about the virtues and rewards of hard work, persistence and perseverance.