Chauncey Billups is a retired National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star guard for the Detroit Pistons professional basketball team, and along with Regis University Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Lonnie Porter, orchestrates the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy (PBLA).
Billups, a native of Denver, Colorado, graduated from George Washington High School and attended the University of Colorado. He led his high school team to two Colorado state championships and was named Colorado’s Mister Basketball following his sophomore season. He was named a McDonald’s High School All-American in 1995 and in that same year played in the U.S. Olympic Festival in Denver, capturing a gold medal.
In addition to his involvement with the PBLA, Billups stays actively involved in the Denver Community. In 2009, he launched the Chauncey Billups Foundation to raise money for programs aimed at low-income families. Through that foundation, Billups also sponsors events, including a dinner for 40 homeless families at the Pepsi Center.
Passionate about Youth
Chauncey Billups' passion is mentoring at-risk youth. Billups states that his work with the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy is "the best thing that is near and dear to my heart." For Billups, his passion for helping at-risk youth is second only to his family, and he wants everyone to know, "I don't just lend my name to anything." Helping others, and his work with PBLA is what makes Chauncey Billups who he is.
Committed to Education
He continued his four-year affiliation with The Children’s Center, a charity that has helped enrich the lives of Detroit area youth since 1929, serving as the celebrity host of the 24th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic. He teamed with Antonio McDyess to distribute food to underprivileged families during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2007. He assisted NBA Commissioner, David Stern, and other Detroit City dignitaries in the unveiling of the Pistons’ sixth Reading and Learning Center at Grant Middle School in Detroit during the 2005 NBA Finals.