This past weekend, NBA Hall-Of-Famer and Texas native Chris Bosh was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall Of Fame, the longest-running state-specific sports hall of fame in the country. At the induction in Waco, TX, Bosh gave a speech where he elucidated his pride in his home state. “You know, they say everything is bigger in Texas—and I’m obviously not an exception. But the thing that makes Texas special isn’t that everything is bigger here. It’s that this state always finds a way to lift you up when you’re feeling the smallest.”

After tracing his great-grandfather’s journey to Hutchins, TX from a segregated town in Alabama and crediting his grandfather Jack “Daddy Jack” Bosh’s hard-working example, Bosh continued: “For me, growing up in Hutchins, a perfect day was eating some pancakes, heading out into the heat, and shooting hoops at Campbell Park. Sometimes, the baskets I played on didn’t have nets. Usually, the backboards didn’t have squares. For a while, I even practiced on a trash can. But I kept on shooting. Because that’s what you do, especially here in Texas. You take what you have and you make the most of it. Like my grandfathers.”

Bosh was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall Of Fame alongside fellow pro sports stars (including NBA great Tony Parker and NFL star Mike Renfro), Olympic medalists (track-and-field record holder and Gold medalist Bob Beamon, gymnastics Gold medalist Carly Patterson Caldwell, and volleyball Silver medalist Stacy Sykora), and two Texas NCAA legends (2011 Heisman Trophy winner and NFL star Robert Griffin III and women’s college basketball’s all-time leading scorer Suzie Snider Eppers, both Baylor University alums). 

On Sunday, Bosh received more hometown accolades when Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson declared March 13, 2022 Chris Bosh Day. In a ceremony held at Lincoln High School — where Bosh was named 2002 Texas Mr. Basketball after leading the Lincoln Tigers to a 40-0 record, the Texas Class 4A State Championship, and a #1 national ranking — Mayor Johnson highlighted Bosh’s accomplishments on and off the court and awarded him the key to the city. Bosh was also celebrated by former coaches, principals, and community leaders, as well as local youth from the Dallas Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

These honors follow Bosh’s 2021 induction into The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame. Following a playing career that saw 11 NBA All-Star appearances, 2 NBA championships and an Olympic gold medal, Bosh has thrown himself into his writing. Alongside his acclaimed 2021 book Letters To A Young Athlete, he also produces a weekly newsletter The Last Chip. Residing in Austin with his wife and children, he now occupies his time with his rich family life, philanthropic efforts, and musical passions. He’s produced tracks for Gucci Mane and heads his own Austin based label, Daddy Jack.