DURHAM, N.C.— Former Duke University women’s basketball National Player of the Year, Lindsey Harding was selected to be a part of Michelle Obama’s fifth annual College Signing Day event in Philadelphia, Pa., Wednesday alongside celebrities such as Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Rebel Wilson, Karlie Kloss, Ciara, Janelle Monae and Zendaya.
Harding, the former first lady and other celebrities were at Temple University to congratulate high school seniors on their decision to pursue higher education.
"It was an amazing opportunity to be involved with the Michelle Obama College Signing Day in Philadelphia," commented Harding. "This was a celebration of all high school students who have committed to going to college. There were over a thousand College Signing Day events held around the country."
A 2007 Duke graduate and former WNBA standout, Harding was the No. 1 selection in the WNBA draft and played for seven different teams before retiring. She competed in the 2016 Olympics with Belarus. Harding was the 2007 National Player of the Year, after helping the Blue Devils to an undefeated regular season. She led Duke to the 2006 NCAA Final Four and was the 2007 WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year.
College Signing Day was started in 2014 by Obama as part of her “Reach Higher” initiative encouraging high school students to pursue high education.
The attendees at the event included:
Anne Munition, Internet Personality
Anthony Mackie, Actor
Bailee Madison, Actress
Bradley Cooper, Actor
Camila Cabello, Performing Artist
Ciara, Performing Artist
Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Legend
Erin Wayne, Internet Personality
Janelle Monae, Performing Artist and Actor
Jameer Nelson, NBA Player
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Actor
Jessica Goch (JGhosty), Internet Personality
Jidenna, Performing Artist
Jussie Smollet, Performing Artist
Karlie Kloss, Model
Keke Palmer, Performing Artist
Kelly Rowland, Performing Artist
Lindsay Harding, Former WNBA Player
Malcolm Jenkins, Eagle
Mark Jackson, 76er
Nnamdi Asomugha, Former NFL Athlete
Nick Cannon, Performing Artist
Tyler Blevins (Ninja), Internet Personality
Questlove, Performing Artist
Rebel Wilson, Actress
Robert De Niro, Actor