Sam Perkins

Known to many as “Sleepy Sam” and “Big Smooth,” Sam Perkins grew up in New York before becoming a star at the University of North Carolina. He was a three-time college All-American, a 1982 NCAA champion, a teammate to future Hall of Famers James Worthy and Michael Jordan, and the 1984 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.

Perkins was chosen as the fourth overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks after his senior season and went on to have a successful 17-year career as a center and power forward. That same year, he co-captained the gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic basketball team and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In 2008, Perkins was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, and later named Vice President of Player Relations for the Indiana Pacers.

Since his retirement in 2001, Perkins has been actively involved in a variety of charitable endeavors, including Special Olympics, Nothing But Nets in conjunction with the United Nations, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers, Carolina for Kibera, NBA Cares, Basketball Without Borders and Habitat for Humanity.