Chris Paul, NBA star from Forsyth County, returns home for opening of gym

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Clippers point guard and Winston-Salem native Chris Paul leads kids in a medicine-ball exercise in the new D1 Sports training facility on Saturday in Winston-Salem. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Chris Paul said he always wanted to give back to the community in which was raised, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.

Paul, about to enter his 11th season in the NBA, was born in Winston-Salem, grew up in Lewisville and played in high school at West Forsyth in Clemmons before spending two years at Wake Forest.

He came home Saturday, taking part in the grand opening of the D1 Sports Training center in Winston-Salem. Paul, 30, even participated in drills with 170 people ages 7 and up who came to D1.

“It’s unbelievable. This is such a huge honor and a privilege. You know, when you’re a kid growing up around here, you go to gyms and play and stuff like that all the time,” Paul said. “You never think that one day you’ll have a gym to call your own. More so than that, the fact that it’s here at home.”

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