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Steve Nash to receive honourary doctorate from UVic

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Nash has full plate leading up to NBA season

BY CLEVE DHEENSAW, TIMES COLONIST
JULY 30, 2009

Steve Nash of Victoria will be making more dockings in his home province in the next few months than a B.C. ferry.

There is the Showdown in Downtown charity soccer game at David Lam Park in Vancouver on Sept. 19 and a National Basketball Association preseason game between his Phoenix Suns and the Portland Trail Blazers at GM Place on Oct. 22. But the most personally satisfying occasion will be when Nash receives an honorary doctorate of laws degree from the University of Victoria in a special convocation ceremony Sept. 18 at the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. The ceremony will be webcast.

“I don’t want to sound like a jerk or anything, but I’ve been offered a lot of honourary degrees, and this is the only one I’ve accepted,” said Nash, in a teleconference interview yesterday with B.C. media.

“How could I say no to UVic? It was a big part of my basketball upbringing. UVic has a special place in my heart. I grew up in McKinnon Gym. It was such a central part of our [Gordon Head] community and I lived in that gym.”

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