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NBA Veteran Keyon Dooling


In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month and Kingsborough Community College’s efforts to raise awareness about mental health, on Monday, November 9 at 3PM, the Blanton-Peale Institute & Counseling Center in partnership with KCC’s Office of Student Affairs, and Counseling & Health Services, will host a candid conversation with retired NBA player Keyon Dooling, “Let’s Talk About Mental Health.”

NBA veteran guard Keyon Dooling played for seven NBA teams including the LA Clippers, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics; and served eight years on the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Board in various leadership roles throughout his NBA career.

A native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Mr. Dooling was recently appointment Assistant Coach to the Utah Jazz after most recently working as wellness counselor and mental health advocate for the NBPA. In 2012, Mr. Dooling was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from a childhood trauma and in 2013, retired from the NBA. Dooling believes, along with the NBPA’s Mental Health and Wellness Department, that mental health and wellness is at the core of maintaining balance between one’s professional, personal, family, and spiritual lives. 

Since retiring from the NBA, Keyon has also become an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, certified life coach and author, releasing his autobiography entitled, “What’s Driving You? How I Overcame Abuse and Learned to Lead in the NBA” in June of 2014.

We look forward to you joining us for this candid mental health conversation.