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Former NBA Player Juaquin Hawkins Speaks About Stroke Awareness
May is Stroke Awareness Month and Juaquin Hawkins is making sure you know how to avoid a stroke, how to recognize when it happens and what to do.
Juaquin Hawkins is from Lynwood California and received his degree from Long Beach State University. He went on to play professional basketball in 6 different countries(Japan, China, Australia, Taiwan, USA, Phillipines) in every minor league USBL(NEW YORK),ABA(LONG BEACH, CA), CBA(FORT WAYNE and SIOUX FALLS SOUTH DAKOTA) IBL(THOUSAND, CA). He also played briefly with NBA teams Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors. In 2003 he defeated the odds and became the second oldest rookie in the NBA when he made the Houston Rockets. As he continued his professional basketball career in 2008 Hawkins life as a professional athlete would change forever. On New Year’s Day, after having a professional game the night before, Hawkins would suffer a devastating stroke that would halt his career. Fifteen months later, after extensive speech and physical therapy Hawkins would not only recover, he was able to return to the court as a professional basketball player and win a championship with the Los Angeles Lightning of the International Basketball League.
The American Stroke Association has officially selected Juaquin as a national ambassador traveling the country to speak about his stroke experience educating others about warning signs of stroke. In 2010 Juaquin received the prestige's POWER AWARD from ASA at the Apollo Theatres for his efforts in the community to promote stroke awareness and his efforts to help with the POWER TO END STROKE CAMPAIGN. Hawkins has been on a few different national platforms other than being in the NBA.
He has hosted over 50 different youth basketball camps nationally through his own organization and foundation. He has had the pleasure to work with over 4,600 boys and girls that has participated in his camps and teachings since 2003. Hawkins was a guest on the Dave and Audley NBA breakdown show and his story has been featured on both NBC and the OWN Network show "Breakthrough with Tony Robbins" where thousands of people watched Hawkins unprecedented, emotional show about his stroke survival.
Hawk continues to conduct basketball camps for youth as well as educate groups about stroke awareness.
Recently he just finished writing his book entitled "Stroke of Grace" (www.strokeofgrace.org) that is scheduled to be released this month
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