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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Root for Derek!

UALR Trojan and Los Angeles Laker Derek Fisher has taped an episode of NBC’s game show “Minute to Win It,” and his winnings will go to UALR Athletics’ Fisher Fellows Life Skills Program.

“Minute to Win It” airs on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., and NBC officials say Fisher’s episode will run in the next four to eight weeks.

“NBC officials have promised to let us know exactly when Derek’s competition is airing,” said Bob Denman, executive director of UALR’s Office of Development. “We’re all rooting for Derek because he always roots for UALR.”

A former UALR standout and president of the NBA players union, Fisher pledged $700,000 to UALR in 2005 towards the construction of the Jack Stephens Center auxiliary gym, since named in his honor, and the establishment of the Fisher Fellows Life Skills program – a mentoring series for student-athletes.

The program invites three or four guest speakers each year to discuss various topics with Trojan student-athletes, offering guidance on topics ranging from mental health, nutrition, managing credit, goal setting, career choices, substance abuse, and public service.

The Fisher Fellows program also sponsors a senior appreciation ceremony at the end of the year in which all graduating seniors are presented commemorative watches in thanks for their contributions to UALR athletics.

“I’m honored to be able to do this,” Fisher said at the time he established the program. “The university is such a big part of me being in this position. Hopefully, this is the start of a special program and a long, long, long relationship.”