Oklahoma City Thunder Point Guard Chirs Paul and New York Knicks Point Guard Dennis Smith Jr. led hundred of college-aged voters to the polls this week. On Wednesday, the NBA duo teamed up to lead students at Fayetteville State University students to the polls. Afterward, Paul and Smith spoke to several student-athletes about the political process and the importance of voting.
“If you don’t vote, don’t be arguing about what is going on,” Paul said.
“It’s something that hasn’t really been super-emphasized, and I feel like this year it has been emphasized,” Smith added.
“And there have been more people going to vote now physically. We just found out that North Carolina was one of top states that had our votes rejected through the mail, so it is important for people to come out and and light that fire. And it’s been great to see it grow.”
Paul’s latest efforts are empowered by the Social Change Fund. Led by Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, the nonprofit focuses on critical issues including public safety and criminal justice reform. Most recently, the organization partnered with Chopra Global to provide educational resources to underserved communities during the pandemic.