The former NBA All-Star enlightens crowd of 100 during visit to Molalla's Church of the Nazarene
Ty Delbridge already knew the story of AC Green, the former Pac-10 Player of the Year with Oregon State and a former NBA All-Star and three-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers.
He was less familiar with the story of Greens off-the-court life -- a story of faith, hope, purpose, destiny, and living a championship life based on Christian values.
Green shared his lifes story during an emotionally-charged, 90-minute presentation in front of more than 100 teenagers who attended Saturdays Turn Up The Heat day camp at Molallas Church of the Nazarene.
What a great role model, said Delbridge, a junior at Molalla High School. It was a great performance. I wish more people would have been here to witness it, but it was real powerful.
Im really glad I came, and what he said will stick with me for a long time.
Green, 50, spoke about a playing career that started at Portlands Benson High School and then moved to Oregon State before reaching the NBA where he spent 16 seasons, playing for the Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.
Early in his presentation, he talked about former Benson coach Dick Gray being the first person I could really recall that spoke words of hope, purpose and destiny in my life.
He (Gray) saw something in me that I didnt see in myself. And thats really the first person that God used in my life as a teenager to move me more toward His purpose.
Green then went into detail about the church service in Hermiston that he attended on Aug. 2, 1981, at age 17, when he said he was born again and his life took on a new direction. He also cited a number of Bible verses, including 1 Timothy 4:12, Psalm 37:3, and 1 Peter 1:15.
Destiny is a set up, Green said. I wasnt born just to be an NBA player. I wasnt born just to be an Oregon State Beaver. I wasnt born just to be a Benson Techman. Its all a process. And understand, its a process thats going on in your life just as well.
Life doesnt end and it never began because I had a basketball in my hand. You feel me? How you see yourself this day is one of the most important things. If you see yourself as being just, then weve got a problem, because God never designed a just. Theres no limitations with Him.
Green, who has a degree in speech communications, works as a consultant in several other industries. He directs most of his energies toward the AC Green Youth Foundation and speaking engagements that concentrate character building, religious education, and health and wellness.
What I thought was powerful was AC gave his testimony based on what he lived, Church of the Nazarene lead pastor Steve Sanchez said. The young people and all of the adults that were here could grab ahold of something he said that they can relate to in their everyday living.
It was valuable on a lot of levels, but more than anything, it was a grass-roots message delivered by a local hero, really. Across the board, it was excellent, and were grateful that on a Saturday in May weve maybe made an impact on some young people.