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Thunder’s Chris Paul, Knicks’ Dennis Smith Jr. team up to encourage student-athletes to vote

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If the rumors hold true, NBA guards Chris Paul and Dennis Smith Jr. could soon be teaming up as members of the New York Knicks.

For the time being, though, they’re coming together on a more pressing cause: voting.

On Wednesday at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina—the hometown of Smith Jr. and home state of Paul—the two NBA players led a march to a polling site on campus with Broncos student-athletes to encourage early voting. The event was organized by the Social Change Fund launched by Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade in July.

On Tuesday, in his hometown of Winston-Salem, Chris Paul also led a 2,500-person march to an early voting site on the campus at Winston-Salem University.

“Y’all see the power of having all of you together,” the NBA veteran told about 600 students at the HBCU. “Y’all can really make a difference.”

Like he does while playing point guard, Paul has been working to put as many people as possible in a position to vote in recent months, and that includes NBA players.

During the players’ meeting following the Milwaukee Bucks’ playoff boycott, CP3 said that he hoped to get as many NBA players signed-up to vote as possible. Moreover, in Game 3 of the Finals, he revealed that over 90 percent of active NBA players were now registered.

Paul’s good friend and fellow NBA star LeBron James launched a voting initiative “More Than a Vote,” which has helped convert numerous pro sports facilities into polling stations, among other actions.