Shane Battier, 2-time All-NBA Defensive Second Team Player, Talks About The Importance Of Place On "Place Matters" Radio Show

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Basketball star Shane Battier has played for Duke, Houston and Memphis but he calls Detroit home. Exclusively on "Place Matters," Battier discusses what makes a big-name player feel tied to a city, and what he is doing to inspire a new generation of potential leaders through educational opportunities and the cultivation of effective leadership skills.

What do you expect from a guy named as one of the top ten smartest professional athletes?

Shane Battier is an NBA star. He grew up in Michigan and went to Duke University were he was named College Player of the Year. Battier has played for the Houston Rockets and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Battier calls Detroit home. On the “Place Matters” radio program, Battier discusses how where he grew up shaped him, and how he wants to “pay it forward” for kids now growing up in Detroit through his foundation. Battier also discusses Detroit's comeback as a city and a place where so many are now looking forward to brighter days. Lofty ideas, sure, but what do you expect from a guy named as one of the top ten smartest professional athletes?

About “Place Matters”:
Listen to Place Matters every Thursday at 11:00 AM (EST) on 880AM in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and online at http://www.880thebiz.com. Podcasts are available on iTunes. The show is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, FL and Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC.

About Placemaking:
Placemaking is the science of creating communities that are not only considered liveable, but also loveable. Dr. Loflin serves as lead project consultant and national content expert on the Knight Soul of the Community survey, which for the first time investigated what attaches people to their community and the impact on the city’s bottom line in 2008-2010 across 26 U.S. communities in partnership with Gallup. The groundbreaking findings of the project have captured national attention and inspired local action.

About Dr. Katherine Loflin:
Dr. Loflin is the lead project consultant and national expert on the Knight Soul of the Community project across 26 communities over the past four years. Since the release of the study, Dr. Loflin has become an in-demand consultant, advising politicians, planners, foundations and community leaders who are trying to improve their communities, using this model of visioning cities first as places. Through this project, she has been quoted widely in the press including Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Winnipeg Free Press, Crain’s Detroit Business, Miami Herald and LA Times.

Contact Dr. Loflin at: katherine.loflin(at)mac(dot)com (305) 450-7195
Link to listen live Thursdays at 11:00am:
http://den-a.plr.liquidcompass.net/player/flash/audio_player.php?id=WZABAM&uid=154

Dr. Katherine Loflin on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Dr.Katherine.Loflin
Radio show archive: http://katherineloflin.podbean.com/
Follow Dr. Loflin on Twitter: @katherineloflin

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