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Metta World Peace, NBA athlete

July 30, 2016

Born Ronald William Artest Jr. on Nov. 13, 1979 in Queensbridge, New York, Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace in September 2011, in an effort to inspire youth and promote good will toward all. World Peace was drafted 16th by the Chicago Bulls in 1999. In his career he has played for the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers. World Peace was selected to the 2005-06 NBA All-Defensive Team and was voted by the media as the 2003-04 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He won his first NBA World Championship with the L.A. Lakers in June, 2010 and received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award – the NBA’s highest citizenship and community service honor – in April 2011. World Peace started his non-profit, Xcel University, in 2007, which works on mental health awareness campaigns, anti-stigma initiatives, and fundraises for other non-profits that provide mental health services within their communities.