Lance Allred – – I am listening to a keynote address by this man in Jordan Commons, Sandy, Utah

Lance Collin Allred (born February 2, 1981) is a Mexican American former professional basketball player. Allred is deaf, with a 75–80% hearing loss. He is the first legally deaf player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) history. To improve his hearing, he wears a hearing aid. He is also the author of Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA, his memoir/autobiography published by Harper Collins. The book was critically acclaimed and featured in several sports publications. In summer 2015, Allred retired from professional basketball, after a successful 10-year career around the world, established his own company, L Squared Productions LLC and transitioned into keynote motivational speaking and sports commentary in both television and radio. In August 2015, Allred signed with the American Programs Bureau as a motivational speaker. In September 2015, Allred’s second book, Basketball Gods: The Transformation of the Enlightened Jock, went number 1 on in three separate categories. In 2016, Lance was the opening speaker at TEDxSaltLakeCity with his presentation, “What is your Polygamy?”

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