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Johnny Newman's Bio

Johnny Newman, basketball legend, philanthropist, mentor and businessman, is a powerhouse presence both locally and nationally.  The former NBA star has taken the same work ethic that sustained him through a phenomenal 16 year pro career and turned it into success helping others.  Education is everything to the Danville, VA native who is a graduate of George Washington High School.  Johnny took things much further than just basketball and has the distinction of being one of a few NBA players who not only has a Bachelors’ degree from the University of Richmond but, also a Master’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. A steadfast leader, Mr. Newman has a long track record of giving back to support the community and its efforts to develop young people to their fullest potential.  He was an exceptional student-athlete who led by example.  His basketball career helped him lead the University of Richmond to several CAA championships. He is the University’s all-time leading scorer with 2,383 points with the record still standing to date.  Richmond justly rewarded Newman by retiring his jersey in 1991. Newman was the 29th player selected in the 1986 NBA draft and became known as an exceptional marksman in the pros.  His consummate professional demeanor and tremendous play helped him make the roster of teams like the New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks.  During his career, he scored 12,740 points from 1986-2002 as a guard/forward. 

Johnny Newman is also a quintessential entrepreneur and started The Newman Group, an umbrella company for all of his business ventures such as the Johnny Newman Signature gas stations in low income areas providing employment for 75 employees. He also started Longball Construction where he renovated and remodeled several Tractor Supply stores all over the state of Virginia.  After Longball Construction, Newman Properties and Development was created and evolved into a $4 million real estate company.  He has committed his talents and time to building awareness about the needs of our youth through the Johnny Newman Foundation for Youth.  Mr. Newman has expanded his youth services to the Danville area to include residential services, one-on-one mentoring, and specialized care assistance for challenged youth in the school system.  The legendary player was proudly inducted into the 2011 Class of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.  Affectionately called “J New”, he is in a select group where his junior high school, high school, and college jerseys have all been retired with the number never to be worn again by any other athlete.  Newman’s astute business acumen and incredible heart for helping others allows him to serve on numerous community and national boards.  He is a member and Sports Chairman of the National Board of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  Mr. Newman is Chairman of the Youth Council of the Workforce Investment Board and also the Program Chairman for the Henrico County Police Athletic League (PAL).  Henrico County has recently awarded Mr. Newman with their 2011 National Award for PAL Male Volunteer of the Year.  Mr. Newman received this honor over candidates through the United States.   

Photo Credit:Mark Gormus Richmond Times Dispatch

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