Special to the E-T Tarleton Sports Information

STEPHENVILLE - Former Boston Celtic JoJo White will be the featured speaker at the first Texan Club luncheon of the year at noon today in Tarleton's Student Development Center.

The Texan Club luncheon is open to the community, and you do not have to be a member of the Club to attend. However, seating is limited and fans must call 254-968-9178 to reserve their seat by noon Monday.

“It is very hard to get a person with his credentials to come and speak at an event, said Tarleton athletics director Lonn Reisman. “We are excited to not only share this opportunity with the Texan Club, but with the Stephenville community as well.

White will also speak to the student-athletes at a general assembly Tuesday evening.

“This is a great opportunity to hear a man of his character and legacy here at Tarleton, Reisman said. “I heard him when I attended the Elite Eight last year, and our fans and student-athletes are in for a treat.

White has had success throughout his career in basketball, dating from his days as one of the greatest guards in the storied history of the University of Kansas in the mid-1960s. Following a stellar collegiate career, White went on to win a gold medal in the 1968 Olympics in the pre-Dream Team days when the United States was represented by the best in collegiate talent.

White then signed with the Boston Celtics with their first pick of the 1969 draft and played for the green and white from the 1969-70 season through the 1978-79 season. He was named to the 1970 NBA All-Rookie Team and was an All-NBA second team selection in both 1975 and 1977. White was a seven-time NBA All-Star and was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 1976, which featured him playing 60 minutes in the famous triple-overtime Game 5, a 128-126 triumph over the Phoenix Suns at the Boston Garden. He averaged 18.3 points and nearly five assists per game over his NBA career while recording a 21.5 career playoff scoring average.

Known as one of the most durable Celtics, as his streak of 488 consecutive games played remains a franchise record, the Celtics retired his No. 10 jersey on April 9, 1982.

White continues to be involved in basketball, working with the Celtics as the Director of Special Projects and as a Community Relations Representative since May, 2000, where he has a wide range of responsibilities within the marketing, community relations and basketball operations departments. White is known as one of the true gentlemen of the game.