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Laney High featured in Jordan's new Gatorade ad

Published: Jun. 27, 2017 at 10:27 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 27, 2017 at 2:35 PM EDT
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Michael Jordan is seen sitting in the bleachers at Laney High School's gym in the latest...
Michael Jordan is seen sitting in the bleachers at Laney High School's gym in the latest Gatorade commercial. (Source: Gatorade)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - E.A. Laney High School's gymnasium is featured prominently in Michael Jordan's newest Gatorade commercial.

The ad, Make Defeat Your Fuel, features several prominent athletes talking about the low point in their athletic careers and using them as a motivator.

The commercial opens in Laney's Michael Jordan Gymnasium where the NBA great is seen sitting on the bleachers.

"You want to know the secret to victory," Jordan says. "Fail to make the varsity team."

Jordan, who graduated from Laney in 1981, filmed the commercial during a visit to his alma mater in May.

"It's always good for the brand to come back and showcase Laney and the home roots," said Nate Faulk, former head coach at Laney and now the director of Flight 22 Hoops. "That was something during my time that we always jumped on and tried to make sure that we maximized the exposure for the school and the city always."

The ad also features Serena Williams, Peyton Manning and Karl Anthony Towns.

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