On the court, former NBA all-star A.C. Green showcased a remarkable career.

On the court, former NBA all-star A.C. Green showcased a remarkable career.

He won three NBA titles alongside generational talents from the Showtime Lakers of the 80s, and the likes of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in the 00s. 

In between, he earned the nickname “Ironman” after playing a NBA record 1,192 consecutive games. 

But on Tuesday, the 6’10 power forward continued his legacy of community impact off the court, inspiring local youth at Ardmore’s Goddard Center. 

“I really enjoy trying to inspire that next generation, reiterating the values and principles that a lot of parents are trying to teach,” Green said. 

“I was that kid who didn’t believe my parents knew everything. Sometimes you need that voice outside the home to give some street-cred to the house-cred.”

For Green, his time in Ardmore has been somewhat of a homecoming.

His mother lived in Wagoner growing up and he said he’s always had a soft spot for the people of Oklahoma. 

In his time here, Green said he was struck by Ardmore’s southern hospitality and emphasis on the importance of family.

“What’s impressed me more than anything else is how family friendly Ardmore is,” Green said. “I felt right at home here and I look forward to coming coming back.”

Green said he’s always had a passion for community outreach. 

“It’s been a really good trip,” he added. “ Our interactions with the guys and girls that came has been phenomenal, hearing the questions about life, success and how to remain successful. Those kind of things are priceless from this standpoint.”

In 1989, he established the A.C. Green Youth foundation, with a mission to provide communities information on social issues and the importance of abstinence before marriage.

His speech in Ardmore was a culmination of a life spent in outreach, where he refused to stand aside or just stick to sports.

In all his travels, Green said his message remains the same whether he’s in Ardmore or big cities like Los Angeles.

“Kids whether they’re in Ardmore or Los Angeles, what’s common is the life experiences,” Green said. “I want to inspire them to be better, to achieve more in school and out of school, in sports and outside of sports. I just want to tap into the potential that’s inside of them. A lot of times our kids don’t see the greatness and their potential sometimes just a speech can resonate and tap that potential.”

During the speech, Green took a conversational tone with the audience, opting for a question and answer format rather than being as he called it, “a talking head.”

Green offered the community his interesting insight on life filled with laughs and the occasional parental elbow into the ribs of kids as Green echoed the parents lessons.

A.C. Green’s talk is the first in the Lowenstein Lecture series. 

Lorena Lowenstein donated three-fourths of her estate to the Goddard Center to promote the arts and bring in speakers like Green to inspire the local youth.

Green said he’s thankful for Lowenstein’s generosity. 

“I’m very appreciative of Mrs. Lowenstein and her thoughtfulness to really think about the future,” Green said. 

“The contribution made this night and other nights like this happen from a lecture standpoint and an arts standpoint. Those things transcend just this moment here. Her investing in tomorrow is huge. I’m proud to be a part of it.”