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NBA Star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Highlights Let's Talk Night

WICHITA, Kan. (Jan. 12) - The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers and American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors and powered by Toyota, are excited to announce that NBA forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be a special guest on Wednesday, January 26 for Let's Talk Night.

Let’s Talk Night, which is presented by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Wichita State University and The Hope Factory Therapy Center, will help shine a light on individuals dealing with a speaking disorders and the professionals who assist them in accomplishing their goals.

Kidd-Gilchrist recently has played an eight-year career with Charlotte and Dallas. He is a former second overall draft pick of the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2012 NBA Draft. Kidd-Gilchrist played for the University of Kentucky prior to being drafted. He helped the Wildcats to a NCAA title, was a consensus second team All-American, First team All-SEC to name a few honors he earned during his collegiate career. 

"I am honored to support the Wichita Thunder in their efforts to raise awareness for the stuttering community," said NBA star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.  "I commend the team and their leadership for being advocates for those who stutter during their Let's Talk Night.  By joining together to be open about stuttering we can also help to eliminate the stigma associated with it."   

In 2021, Kidd-Gilchrist founded Change & Impact, a stuttering initiative with a mission to improve access to health care and expand services and resources for those who stutter. Their focus is on raising awareness for stuttering, bringing together key stakeholders to improve the quality of life for those who stutter and working on behalf of the stuttering community to improve insurance coverage for speech therapy. 

Kidd-Gilchrist will drop the ceremonial faceoff before the game, sign autographs on the concourse and visit with young students who deal with a speech disorder. 

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Wichita returns home on Thursday to open up a three-game set against Rapid City starting at 7:05 p.m.

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Fans can also purchase tickets at the Select-A-Seat Box Office at INTRUST Bank Arena Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and starting at noon on weekend game days. 

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