The Lincoln Laureates Podcast welcomes NBA Basketball Legend Doug Collins

Episode Debuts on Opening Day of the 2021-2022 NBA Season

A conversation with Lincoln Laureate, 1972 Olympian, NBA All Star player and coach, broadcast analyst, basketball executive, and Benton, Illinois native Doug Collins is set to debut as the latest episode of The Lincoln Laureates podcast series on opening day of the very sport that made him a household name.
Collins, who became a Lincoln Laureate upon receiving the Order of Lincoln earlier this year, credits his hometown’s legendary high school basketball Coach Rich Herrin for giving him the “bug” to play basketball.

“I started falling in love with basketball in aJunior High and a lot of it was because of the passion and love that my high school coach had,” Collins tells retired ABC News award winning broadcast journalist Ron Claiborne, guest host of the Collins episode. “He was the spark that got it (passion for basketball) ignited.”
When asked what he learned from the Legendary Coach Herrin, Collins replied without hesitation, “Integrity.” “He was a man of the highest integrity, Collins explains. “I modeled myself after him. When I went to school at Illinois State, I wanted to come back and be a Coach Herrin.”
Collins’ exceptional college play at Illinois State and recruitment from the legendary Will Robinson, the sport’s first Division I African American coach, would detour those graduation plans and set him on a path to NBA fame.

“I learned life from Coach Robinson,” says Collins. “He was an amazing man.”

Collins, who earned four NBA All Star Selections when playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, would eventually coach the team during a coaching career that included stints with the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, and the Washington Wizards.

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The Lincoln Laureates Podcast Welcomes Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall

Globally Renowned Educator is Credited with Helping Shape the Re-imagination and Re-design of Learning

Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, Founding President and President Emerita of the internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, is the latest Lincoln Laureate to be featured in the inaugural season of the podcast series, The Lincoln Laureates.

Created to spotlight those individuals bestowed with the Order of Lincoln in recognizing their contribution to the betterment of society (Marshall received the award in 2005), The Lincoln Laureates podcast captures conversations between select Lincoln Laureates and award-winning journalists. For this episode, retired ABC -Network Television News veteran Chris Bury leads the discussion.

Born in the Bronx and raised in Long Island, Dr. Marshall‘s first teaching experience brought her to Alsip, Illinois where she taught elementary and junior high school. Ten years of educational administration, including as a Superintendent of Schools, followed, before she was asked to design and lead the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

“Mind-shaping is world-shaping” said Marshall, whose philosophy of education and leadership were influenced by, among others, Dr. Margaret Wheatley and Dr. Howard Gardner. “The learning conditions we immerse our children in, by design, will shape their minds, and their minds will shape our world. There is an inextricable connection between the future of learning and the future of humanity.”

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