2013-04-10 / Front Page

Basketball Clinic Comes To Queens College

1-The Father Knows Best Tour participants (l. to r.); Jay Sugarman of iSTAR Charities; Councilmember Leroy Comrie; NBA All-Star for the Knicks Allan Houston; Congressmember Gregory Meeks; Councilmember Ruben Wills; Alan Farell, New York City Fatherhood Services Coordinator for Mayor Michael Bloomberg Fatherhood Initiative.
1-The Father Knows Best Tour participants (l. to r.); Jay Sugarman of iSTAR Charities; Councilmember Leroy Comrie; NBA All-Star for the Knicks Allan Houston; Congressmember Gregory Meeks; Councilmember Ruben Wills; Alan Farell, New York City Fatherhood Services Coordinator for Mayor Michael Bloomberg Fatherhood Initiative. On Saturday, March 30, Councilmember Leroy Comrie, with the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, and Jay Sugarman, founder of the iStar Family Shootout, hosted the “Father Knows Best Tour” at the Queens College Fitzgerald Gymnasium.
In its work to strengthen ties between fathers and their families, the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation has been hosting basketball clinics across the city, as a bonding experience, to help encourage fathers to be a part of their children’s lives.
Comrie said, “Sports activities are not only a way for people to stay physically fit, but they also serve as a great bonding tool between father and child. Events like the iStar Charity Shootout not only help build this relationship, but also show how important it is for fathers to be with, and care for, their families. Participating in sports can allow young people to develop character, sportsmanship, and leadership skills. I would like to thank the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation and Jay Sugarman, as well as all the participants, for supporting the community and holding this event in Queens.”
“Roughly one third of children in New York City live in a fatherless home. We have the opportunity to go to the source of the problem and help provide the tools needed to improve communication and support better family relationships,” stated Allan Houston, former NBA All-Star for the Knicks, now the team’s  assistant general manager. “We had a tremendous turnout throughout the tour and I am grateful to iStar Financial, Queens College and everyone who made our final stop such a success.”
Houston and Comrie spoke to the more than 200 participants on the importance of a strong family in raising a child. The clinic was an opportunity for fathers and their children to bond, while participating in basketball drills that were lead by Houston. 


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