Spencer Haywood Rumors
As many Americans hesitate to get vaccinated against COVID-19, NBA legend Spencer Haywood is teaming up with a medical school in Las Vegas to tackle the mistrust of the health care system prevalent in some communities of color. The Basketball Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist has joined the dean’s advisory committee at Roseman University College of Medicine to work on programs increasing diversity in medicine to tackle this issue.
According to Haywood, a lack of diversity in medicine is one of the factors that leads communities of color to mistrust the system and one that he hopes to tackle through his partnership with Roseman. “It helps when you have a person of your own ilk and your color to come to you and say, ‘Hey, you know, it’s OK to get the vaccine,'” Haywood said, adding that it’s important to train more doctors of color who can serve their own communities.
Eleven-time NBA champion and American icon Bill Russell sat comfortably near the DJ booth inside the Aria’s JEWEL Nightclub on Monday night and watched his fellow retired basketball players mix and mingle over drinks and dinner. Fellow Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductee Spencer Haywood took a turn on the dance floor as seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry secured a seat at a table few feet away. All the while, the party continued to unfold, with former adversaries becoming the best of friends.
Former Seattle SuperSonics great Jack Sikma is always on the search for a worthy cause. Sikma learned ex-teammate and basketball Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens was to be honored for his charitable work at a Sunday dinner hosted by Rise Above, a nonprofit partnering with the Kalispel Tribe to empower Native American youths. Flanked by former Seattle players Dale Ellis and Spencer Haywood at the fundraiser, Sikma was pleased to accept an invitation.
U.S. Olympians Ruthie Bolton and Spencer Haywood, both former pro basketball players, are set to make an appearance as well, along with U.S. volleyball team member Liz Masakayan and former NBA star Dale Ellis.