Friday, June 1, 2012

Trading His Helmet for Reading Glasses, Justin Tuck Tackles Illiteracy Thursday Night

Justin Tuck and Vivica Fox
It was a star-studded night on Thursday as athletes and celebrities came together to show their support for two-time Super Bowl champion Justin Tuck.

Tuck, who plays defensive end for the New York Giants,  took a step away from the football field and onto the charity scene at his celebrity billiards tournament in New York City. 

But it wasn't all just fun and games.

The cause drew attention to Tuck's R.U.S.H. for Literacy charity, which raises funds to donate books and reading materials to support under-served children in the New York, New Jersey, and Alabama communities.  

Now in its fourth year,  Tuck's R.U.S.H. for Literacy has raised over $1.5 million and donated over 45,000 new books.

"Tuck's R.U.S.H. for literacy has really ramped up support over the past few years ," Tuck said. This has always been a big night for Lauren and me, and we're excited to see what the future holds."

That ramped up support showed last night as everyone from all over the sports realm stopped by to help out their pal Tuck. Teammates Osi Umenyiora, Prince Amukamara, Jason Pierre Paul, Michael Boley, and Kevin Boothe were on hand and joined by Portland Trailblazers guard Wesley Matthews, retired Mets pitcher John Franco, ESPN's Michael Smith and Hannah Storm, and celebrities Vivica Fox, and Anthony Anderson, who also emceed the event.

 This is my third season here at the Justin Tuck event," Fox said. "I keep coming back because we have to support literacy, I mean  literacy is the key to communications, people need to be able to read and write, especially our children."

When the dust cleared, all the special guests piled into the pool hall to compete in the tournament, which Michael Smith was determined to win.

"I'm winning this, Smith said." I didn't come here to play, I came to win."

Unfortunately for Smith he didn't make it to the final table, that honor fell to the team of Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas  and New York radio personality Angie Martinez, who faced former NBA player Speedy Claxton and James McKenna.

Before the tournament even began, Angie said she was ready to win.

"I'm a competitive person, my goal is to always win, you don't come here to loose, you come here to win."

Her competitiveness may have driven her to the finals, but it wasn't enough to take down the team of Claxton and McKenna, who took home the top prize last night.

 While Claxton and McKenna may have taken home the grand prize luxury package, courtesy of Justin Tuck, it was really the kids, and not the stars, who were the real winners Thursday night.

If you would like to donate please visit   and help out a great cause.

Kyle McMorrow is also a Correspondent for Bleacher Report,and a writer and producer for 1010 WINS Radio in New York City. He has also worked for the Big Ten Network and ABC-TV in New York City. Kyle McMorrow has interviewed numerous prominent athletes, such as Larry Fitzgerald, Justin TuckEli Manning and LaDainian Tomlinson.Follow him on Twitter: @Kyle_McMorrow

No comments:

Post a Comment