"Teacher Trill" instructs students to seek happiness and service

05/06/2015 04:44 PM

LOUISVILLE — Not many many school teachers are seven feet tall. But then again, there’s only one “Teacher Trill.”

First-Team All-American Willie Cauley-Stein took a break from his NBA Draft training to impart some wisdom and life experience on the students at Goshen Elementary in Louisville on Wednesday.

The potential lottery pick talked with the kids about the adversities he faced while playing big-time college basketball at the University of Kentucky, including injuries, media scrutiny, being away from home, not giving up in tough games, and preparing for the unknowns awaiting him in the NBA.

In the end, Cauley-Stein’s message for the youth was there are only two things in life you can control: “Your attitude and your energy.”

“Everyone wants to be happy,” said Cauley-Stein, adding that if we aren’t, we should dedicate our time to service. “You never know what others around you could be going through … Spread the love. It’s a snowball effect.”

Willie appears to be practicing what he preaches.

When asked about his post-college goals, he named two: (1) become an NBA All-Star, and (2) create a nationwide organization that helps mentor and inspire kids.

Impressive stuff from a new teacher on his first day on the job.

Click the video below to watch Cauley-Stein’s complete interview and speech to the students.


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