Retired NBA Player Keyon Dooling to Deliver Talk at Trinity College on April 11

‘What’s Driving You?’ Discusses Overcoming Abuse and Learning to Lead in the NBA

​Hartford, Connecticut, February 28, 2017 – 

WHAT: Retired NBA player Keyon Dooling will deliver a talk titled, “What’s Driving You? How I Overcame Abuse and Learned to Lead in the NBA.” In 2012, Dooling faced a life-altering moment of choosing life over career. Dooling, formerly of the Boston Celtics, experienced a serious mental health breakdown due to PTSD suffered from keeping secret his childhood sexual abuse. The trauma of concealing this from family and friends had taken its toll. Overmedicated, paranoid, and hallucinating, Dooling entered a Boston-area hospital. He began to talk about his abuse and to heal. Today, Dooling speaks publicly, examining issues of masculinity, sexual abuse and assault, PTSD, and recovery. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion. Light refreshments will be served, with a Kosher option available. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Rescheduled from February 9)

WHERE: Washington Room, Mather Hall, 2nd Floor

                         Trinity College, 300 Summit St., Hartford, CT 06106

                         (For directions and a map of the Trinity College campus, please click here.)



Keyon Dooling is a motivational speaker, life coach and author who recently retired from the National Basketball Association after almost 13 years as a professional athlete. During his time in the NBA, he served for eight years as an officer with the National Basketball Players Association. Dooling played two seasons at the University of Missouri before becoming an early entry candidate for the 2000 NBA Draft. He was selected by Orlando in the first round – 10th overall pick. Keyon was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers and played for the Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzles and eventually the Boston Celtics. As a result of his own childhood experiences, Dooling and his wife Natosha started the Respect Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focusing on sexual assault prevention and creating awareness associated with mental health and wellness.

This event is sponsored by the Trinity College Women & Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC), the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Dean of the Faculty’s Office, the Trinity Counseling Center, Ferris Athletic Center, the Dean of Students Office, the Office of Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (S.A.I.L.), Students Encouraging Consensual Sex (SECS), Men of Color Alliance (MOCA), Imani, Trinity College Black Women's Organization (TCBWO), Promoting Respect for Inclusive Diversity in Education (P.R.I.D.E.), Masculinity Group, the Multicultural Affairs Council, and the Bantam Network.