Story Credit: U.S.V.I Government House

ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – Former General Manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Milt Newton, visited seven Virgin Islands schools this week to share the story of his journey from St. Thomas to a successful career with the NBA.

Newton spoke with student athletes about the importance of setting goals and persevering. 

“Sports is a microcosm of life and can be used as a vehicle to prepare us for life’s problems,” he told them. “Hope and believe in yourself. Seek a mentor who can help guide you along your path. Don’t be afraid to come back to the Virgin Islands and share your knowledge and uplift others.”

He emphasized that learning how to become a good athlete meant learning that sports and books go hand in hand.

Newton and his wife Shalaun are the cofounders of the Emerald Gems Foundation which, in addition to hosting motivational discussions with the territory’s youth, operates annual basketball camps and clinics. More information about the 2016 summer clinics is now available on the foundation’s website. (Direct link available here)

Last year the Bordeaux basketball court on St. Thomas was rededicated and named in his honor at an event attended by Governor Kenneth E. Mapp, who expressed his appreciation for Newton’s ongoing commitment to the Virgin Islands.

This week’s school visits were coordinated by the Office of the Governor and the Office of Senator Clifford Graham. Newton concluded his school visits today.