Jerry Stackhouse is a 13 year NBA veteran who currently plays for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. Born in North Carolina in 1974, the youngest of 11 children, Stackhouse was a premier player from the time he was a sophomore in high school. He was the state player of the year for North Carolina in 1991-1992, leading Kinston (N.C) High School to the state finals. His senior year, he played for Oak Hill Academy leading them to an undefeated season. He was a two-time first team Parade All-America selection, and was the named Most Valuable Player of the McDonald’s High School All-America Game.
Stackhouse attended the University of North Carolina, where he played for legendary coach Dean Smith and where he led the team to the ACC title his freshman year. After being named the 1994 NCAA Player of the year, Stackhouse declared his eligibility for the 1995 NBA Draft where was selected as the third pick of the draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Unlike many professional athletes who have left school early, Jerry spent his off seasons working towards his degree. On December 18, 1999 Jerry made a special trip to UNC to receive his bachelor’s degree in African American Studies. He was so eager to graduate from UNC that he piled on eight hours of course work in the month before NBA training camp to finish up.
Off the court, Jerry founded the Triple Threat Foundation (TTF) in 2002 after witnessing the horrible effects of Diabetes firsthand. Two of his sisters lost the battle to Diabetes and his parents are both currently living with the disease. The Foundation’s goals are to increase funding for Diabetes-related research, patient care, and prevention; promote the importance of daily physical activity and maintaining a proper diet; and encourage behavioral changes that lesson the risk of Diabetes and other serious medical conditions caused by obesity. Looking to expand his work on the obesity epidemic, Jerry has joined the board of nPLAY.