Former NBA basketball star and born-again Christian Etan Thomas is on a visit to Belize to speak to youths. Thomas played 11 seasons for the Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks before embarking on a career of public speaking and poetry writing. Thomas says he is looking forward to giving a unique perspective on life to his captive audience. We spoke to him at the International Airport today.
“It happens all the time. The thing that really encourages me sometimes is the feedback that I get from the youth. Whether they write me a letter or when they e-mail or social media or Facebook of something like that and just tell me how my words influenced them ane what they thought. I don’t hold back, I tell them honestly because sometimes you can’t sugarcoat things. You have to tell them the honest truth. I think that is one thing that they appreciate. It is a passion that I have because. like I said, I remember when the older guys use to talk to me and talk to my friends and I saw the kind of influence that it had so I think that is really important. “