NC State's DJ Horne reads his children's book to Wake County students

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Former NCSU basketball player reads children's book to WCPSS students
Former NCSU basketball player reads Former NCSU basketball player DJ Horne read his newly published children's book "Why Not Me? Why Not Us?" at a Wake Forest elementary schoolbook to WCPSS students

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- Former NC State basketball star DJ Horne spent his Monday morning with Jones Dairy Elementary School students, reading them his book, " Why Not Me, Why Not Us."

Horne helped lead the Wolfpack to a Final Four appearance in March, but it was after back-to-back wins during the ACC Tournament that pushed him to move forward with his book.

"It just speaks to so much of my story. And I think it's a motivational story," he said. "It's a children's book, but it could be a good read for, you know, adults too just because it tells the story of a kid who dealt with a lot of adversity coming up."

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"He was like 'Dad, I want to get back to March Madness, I want to get my hometown team back to the Dance."

Excited students dressed in red and Wolfpack gear greeted the All-ACC honoree. They eagerly listened as Horne read.

He said he hopes students leave feeling encouraged, and that he left them with a motivational message.

"Don't let anything deter you ... from achieving our goals. And, I would say that it is definitely going to take hard work," Horne said. "But, you know, if you just set your mind to it, you can definitely accomplish it."

It tells the story of a kid who dealt with a lot of adversity coming up.
- DJ Horne, former NC State basketball player

Horne called this experience a full-circle moment as he attended Wake County Public Schools. He grew up playing on an AAU team in Garner as well as at Reedy Creek Middle School and Cary High School before transferring to Trinity Christian in Fayetteville for his senior year of high school.

"I remember being in .... our little gymnasium at Reedy Elementary School when people would come to speak to us," Horne said. "And for me to be in these shoes today...just speaks on how far I've come along in my journey."

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