NBA Player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Inspires Speech-Language Pathologists

Posted on February 02, 2022

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on UNCG's campus

Professional basketball player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist visited UNC Greensboro’s campus on Feb. 1 to speak to students in the Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders (CSD) about his past, present, and future journey as a person who stutters. The department’s Speech and Hearing Center trains students for future careers in speech-language pathology and provides services to the community, including clinical services for people who stutter.

Before speaking to the students, Kidd-Gilchrist expressed his excitement in meeting future speech-language pathologists and getting the chance to share his personal story with them.

“At first, I didn’t want anyone to know about my stutter,” said Kidd-Gilchrist. “When I entered speech therapy, I told my therapist that I didn’t want anyone to know. Today, I want to share my story and see my stutter as a gift that I have embraced, because now I can help others, including those who are getting into the field of speech-language pathology.”