- Story Highlights
- Dunbar High School graduate Norris Cole is our Daytonian of the Week.
- Norris played for the Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans and is now looking to join another NBA team.
- The Norris Cole Foundation has several programs for youth.
Norris Cole II says the feats he has accomplished on basketball courts are not what makes him successful.
“It’s not so much that I made it to the NBA. It is that I accomplished a goal I set out to accomplish,” The Dunbar High School graduate and NBA free agent said. “I was willing to put the time in to accomplish that goal.”
That’s part of the message Cole said he hopes the kids who attend his annual basketball camp and other youth programs in Dayton receive.
The Norris Cole Foundation aims to encourage “academic achievement, health and well-being, community service and leadership and development.”
“I want to inspire the next generation,” said Cole, a free agent who has played for the Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans.
“I want to encourage them and inspire them to be the best they can be.”
The Cleveland State University basketball standout last played for the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Cole hopes to join another NBA team.
Cole says he stresses balance in students.
“I was a good student. I was active in my church and my community, and I was a good athlete,” the member of Webster Street Church of Christ in Dayton said.
We caught up with Cole, the newest Daytonian of the Week, by phone while he was in Miami.
What do you do?
Cole: I am a professional basketball player.
What superpower would you love to have?
Cole: If I could have a superpower, it would be the ability to read minds and the ability to fly.
What do you hope will be the result of your work?
Cole: I hope the results of my work inspire the youth to grow and be productive, well-rounded citizens.
What do you love about Dayton?
Cole: I love that Dayton is Home and the way the city has helped me develop into the professional that I am.
Where do you go for a great time when you are in the city?
Cole: When home, I have fun by going to the Kroc Center to work out and play basketball with my friends.
I also love going to Huffies BBQ and to Penn Station to eat while home.
What should people know about Dayton?
Cole: People should know that Dayton is home to many good young student athletes, especially for the size of the city.
What does Dayton need?
Cole: I believe Dayton needs a facility or two where student athletes can go to train, study and receive tutoring all in one setting.