April 18, 2012
Lin Named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential List
Jeremy Lin averaged 14.6 points per contest as a starter this season (Dave Saffran/MSG Photos).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Current New York Knicks guard and former Harvard standout Jeremy Lin '10 has been selected to Time Magazine's "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World," it was announced this week.
Lin was on the cover of back-to-back Sports Illustrated issues in February, becoming the first person with Ivy League ties to grace the cover in consecutive weeks. He burst onto the national scene earlier this season with his stellar play with the Knicks. Before suffering a knee injury, Lin averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists per game as a starter with New York.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan '87, who served as a co-captain of the Harvard basketball team during his senior season, described why Jeremy was selected to this impressive list.
"Jeremy Lin's story is a great lesson for kids everywhere because it debunks and defangs so many of the prejudices and stereotypes that unfairly hold children back," Duncan said. "He's dispelled the idea that Asian-American guards somehow couldn't hack it in the NBA -- and that being a world-class athlete on the court is somehow at odds with being an excellent student off the court.
"Contrary to what you might read, Jeremy, 23, is no overnight sensation. In fact, he achieved success the old-fashioned way: He earned it. He worked hard and stayed humble. He lives the right way; he plays the right way.
"It's great to see good values rewarded in professional sports because that's not always the case. Often it's the bling, the glam, the individual that gets celebrated -- not the team and working together to advance a goal bigger than oneself. Jeremy cares only about one thing -- winning. And I don't care whether you are an Asian-American kid, white, black or Hispanic, Jeremy's story tells you that if you show grit, discipline and integrity, you too can get an opportunity to overcome the odds."