FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Miami Heat forward Shane Battier helped children in Ft. Lauderdale’s St. Mark’s Episcopal School kick off the new school year.
More than 250 elementary and middle school students, faculty and parents welcomed the basketball star to the gymnasium for a motivational speech.READ MORE: 'Let’s All Get Healthy': MDC North Campus COVID-19 Vaccination Site Sees Steady Stream Of Those Wanting Vaccine
Battier encouraged students to use the ABZ approach.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Daniella Mayor Levine Cava: 'Countywide Curfew Could Be Lifted By April 5th'
A-Avoid negative influences, B-Believe in yourself and, Z-Zero in on your goal every day by making incremental advancements.MORE NEWS: CBS4 Photojournalist Rafael Murciano Is Quite 'The Entertainer' With His Musical Talents
After the speech, a third-grader presented Battier with a birthday card and the students sang to him to celebrate his 35th birthday which was also Monday.