On October 31, 1950, Earl Francis Lloyd became the first African-American to play in a NBA basketball game. In 1955 Mr. Lloyd would become the first African-American to win a NBA World Championship. We are requesting the United States Postal Service, Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to issue a Commemorative Stamp in honor of the late great Earl Francis Lloyd.
The First to Do It is the first officially sanctioned documentary about the life and times of Earl Lloyd. In its own way, Earl’s life story provides us a window in which we can reexamine America’s transformation. Along with Chuck Cooper and Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, Earl took the first steps towards making what the NBA is today….
Lloyd Family Foundation
America has long been heralded as the great land of opportunity, and for those visionaries who dare to seize the opportunity and pursue their dreams, success is a sweet reward for them. Their hard work, relentless pursuit, and determination to succeed pay off for them. Such has been the reality for Kenny E. Lloyd, entrepreneur extraordinaire and network marketing superstar. Kenny continues to skyrocket, in record time, to even higher heights of achievement as the Vice President of North American Sales for Total Life Changes, a leading international network marketing company, one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry.
Kenny and his dynamic wife Chante, through the favor on their lives, turned adversity into opportunity and in two short years, have turned their lives around financially to become top leaders in the network marketing industry.They became master overcomers as they persevered and navigated through the tsunamis of adversity and trials. Kenny and Chante’s philosophy of life is that they are blessed to be a blessing, and they must lift as they climb.
To further solidify their commitment as philanthropists, the Lloyd Family Foundation was established to honor the memory and legacy of his great history-making father, the late Earl Francis Lloyd, a basketball giant and champion. He was a true trailblazer and pioneer. In 1950, Kenny’s father, Earl “Big Cat” Lloyd, was the first African American to play professional basketball in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and in 1955, he was the first African American player to win a national basketball championship. He was also the first African American assistant coach in the NBA, and later became head coach of the Detroit Pistons. Earl Lloyd was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.
Kenny attributes much of his positive attitude and winning ways to his parents’ example and teaching. He is especially grateful that his father Earl Lloyd taught him about honor and about how to be a real man. He modeled for him how to handle pressure and how to overcome adversity to stay laser-focused on your goals.