December 17, 2017
Ruth J Morrison

Ruth J Morrison

VIDEO: John Starks talks basketball, Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, and his bowling skills

In his first interview with What's The 411TV, John Starks talks to Andrew Rosario about his educational foundation, what Denver Nuggets (NBA) small forward Carmelo Anthony would mean to the New York Knicks, his memorable dunk over Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan and Horace Grant in Game 2 of the 1993 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, and of course, his bowling skills.

VIDEO: Robinson Cano Receives Award from Latino Sports Writers and Broadcasters

What's The 411TV correspondent, Andrew Rosario, catches up with Robinson Cano, MLB's 2011 Home Run Derby King and New York Yankees' second baseman, at the Latinos Sports Writers and Broadcasting Association luncheon.

Mr. Cano is this year's winner of the Latinos Sports Writers and Broadcasting Association's Latino MVP Award.

VIDEO: Book Signing for NBA Legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier

After 36 years, NBA legend and the man who brought bling to the NBA, Walt "Clyde" Frazier, re-launched his book, ROCKIN' STEADY, at an event held at the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in Harlem.

Capturing every moment, What's The 411TV correspondent Andrew Rosario spoke to former NY Knicks guard Walt Frazier; Ira Berkow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and co-author of ROCKIN' STEADY; Good Morning America Anchor Josh Elliott and; Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention's medical team of Dr. Harold P. Freeman, President, and Chief Operating Officer and; Dr. Brian Harper, Medical Director.

VIDEO: Dr. Mary Valmont; student Leslie Chang; Mike Lupica; Hon. David Dinkins; Patrick McEnroe; Gail Marquis; Bill Rhoden; and Cheryl Wills

What's The 411's correspondent, Andrew Rosario, covered the Arthur Ashe Sports Ball 2012, an event to benefit the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH).

The event held at Chelsea Piers brought out many New York City luminaries and dignitaries who wholeheartedly want to support the legacy of tennis great Arthur Ashe and the science enrichment program provided by the AAIUH.

Starting with Dr. Mary Valmont, Associate Director for Health Science Education, Health Science Academy, Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, we get more information about the science enrichment program.

In partnership with the State University of New York - Downstate, AAIUH's science enrichment program is designed for college-bound high school students. It is an intensive, high-achieving health sciences program serving 180 students who attend anatomy and physiology courses, including those focused on the reproductive and cardio- vascular systems. The students also attend gross anatomy labs and other science-oriented demonstrations. Students participate in the program for three years, attending once a week for 13 weeks over six semesters. The Health Science Academy boasts a 98 percent college admission rate with most of its students going on to medical school, graduate school, and doctoral programs.

Leslie Chang, a high school student and this year's scholarship winner at the Arthur Ashe Sports Ball 2012, received a check in the amount of $1,968, which is symbolic of the year Arthur Ashe won the U.S. Open for the first time. Chang started with the Health Science Academy as a sophomore and plans to attend college to study biomedical engineering.

Chang learned about the program from a teacher who spotted his great achievement in chemistry.

NY Daily News columnist and ESPN 98.7 FM Radio host, Mike Lupica, a supporter of the Arthur Ashe Sports Ball, reminisced about being at center court when Arthur Ashe won Wimbledon in 1975 and how he enjoyed their golf outings. Mike was floored by a comment Arthur Ashe made about race and the HIV/AIDS virus and he wished Arthur Ashe could have lived to see the election of President Barack Obama.

Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins reflected on the good friendship that he had with Arthur Ashe. He spoke at one of Ashe's memorial services and concluded his remarks with "he (Arthur Ashe) was a credit to his race, the human race."

"Arthur was a helluva guy," Dinkins continued.

Dinkins chuckled as he remembered Ashe laughing at him when they played tennis together.

Former professional tennis player, Patrick McEnroe, shared how he benefited from Arthur Ashe's generosity. McEnroe remembers Ashe inviting him to Ireland for the Davis Cup as a practice player. At the time, Ashe was captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team and Patrick McEnroe was a junior player. Ashe thought it would be a good opportunity for Patrick McEnroe to join his brother John enabling them both to see their family in Ireland.

"...everything he (Arthur) did in tennis and what he did for tennis pales in comparison to what he did just in his life," McEnroe stated.

Next up was Gail Marquis, an Olympic silver medalist. Marquis was the recipient of an AAIUH Trailblazer Award. With the help of Patrick McEnroe, Ms. Marquis, admits to Andrew Rosario that she has come to realize that after 40 years in sports, she is no longer an All-American. She is now a trailblazer and she is willing to embrace her trailblazer status. Gail Marquis won a silver medal for women's basketball at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Ms. Marquis is also in the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.

When NY Times Sports Columnist Bill Rhoden, one of the co-hosts for the evening, spoke with Andrew Rosario, he too, went below the surface, as he remembered Arthur Ashe.

"Coming into a sport in a context, where, like, Jackie Robinson, those kinds of people, where you know that it's not just about tennis or baseball and it's not just about you, that you do represent a lot of people," stated Bill Rhoden.

"And I think that Arthur carried that well and he expected other people, other tennis players, other Black athletes to carry themselves that same way too. So, I think clearly, he (Arthur Ashe) was a product of his time, of the South, of the sport, of the politics and sociology of the sport, and he embraced it."

NY 1 News Anchor Cheryl Wills, stopped by to talk with Andrew Rosario as she got ready for her co-hosting duties for the night's festivities. She remembered Arthur Ashe as a New York and an international icon.

"It is so fitting that we are having this fabulous event to honor him and his legacy and all of the people who are carrying on his legacy," Wills stated.

"Arthur Ashe was about world peace. He was about advancing African-Americans and integrating us into a sports world that once wasn't so inviting to us,...everyone's heart broke when he left us, but this is a wonderful way to remember him," she continued.

When The New York Times Sports Columnist Bill Rhoden, one of the co-hosts for the evening, spoke with What's The 411 correspondent, Andrew Rosario, at the Arthur Ashe Sports Ball 2012, an event to benefit the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, he too, went below the surface.

Rhoden dug deep, as he remembered tennis great and humanitarian, Arthur Ashe.

Rhoden views Arthur Ashe as a pioneer in the world of tennis much like Jackie Robinson was a trailblazer in baseball and how their greatness impacted society beyond sports.

"Coming into a sport in a context, where, like, Jackie Robinson, those kinds of people, where you know that it's not just about tennis or baseball and it's not just about you, that you do represent a lot of people," stated Bill Rhoden. "And I think that Arthur carried that well and he expected other people, other tennis players, other Black athletes to carry themselves that same way too. So, I think clearly, he (Arthur Ashe) was a product of his time, of the South, of the sport, of the politics and sociology of the sport, and he embraced it."

Mike Lupica, a NY Daily News Columnist and ESPN 98.7 Radio host, reflected on his relationship with the late great tennis star and humanitarian, Arthur Ashe, with What's The 411's correspondent Andrew Rosario.

The conversation took place at the Arthur Ashe Sports Ball 2012 held at Chelsea Piers to benefit the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. The AAIUH provides a three-year science enrichment program for college-bound high school students.

Mike Lupica remembers being at center court when Arthur Ashe won Wimbledon in 1975, and how he enjoyed their golf outings.

Lupica was floored by a comment Arthur Ashe made about race and the HIV/AIDS virus and he wished Arthur Ashe could have lived to see the election of President Barack Obama.

WATCH JARED'S INTERVIEW

Everyone knows Jared, the guy from the Subway restaurant commercial.

Well, Jared Fogle opens up to What's The 411's Crystal Lynn on the red carpet at Justin Tuck's Celebrity Billiard's Tournament about how he really feels when people call him Jared from Subway and his relationship with Justin Tuck's R.U.S.H for Literacy.

New York Giants' Justin Tuck hosted his annual Tuck's Celebrity Billiard's Tournament presented by RXR, a leading New York Tri-State real estate operating company, on Thursday, May 30 at Slate NYC.

The event has been a popular fundraiser in Manhattan for the past four years. More than 35 celebrities were expected to take part in a single elimination 8 ball tournament, emceed by well-known actor Anthony Anderson, in which the winner will receive the Grand Prize Luxury Package that will benefit Tuck's R.U.S.H for Literacy and the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.

Tuck, a Defensive End for the New York Giants, started his R.U.S.H for Literacy (Read. Understand. Succeed. Hope.) charity in 2008 in hopes of providing children with the necessary resources to improve their reading skills. Thus far, 10,000 students in the Tri-State and Central Alabama communities have received new books and other materials. The Tucks have donated over 55,000 books and raised over $1.5 million dollars since the charity's inception. They have also supported other non-profit organization by donating over $150,000 in grants. This year $25,000 of the Celebrity Billiards' net proceeds will be going to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund as well.

In addition to Jared Fogle, other celebrities that What's The 411 caught up with at Justin Tuck's Celebrity Billiard's Tournament included: included: Justin Tuck; Vivica A. Fox; Jason Kidd; Anthony Anderson; Meeka Claxton, wife of Craig "Speedy" Claxton and former star of VH1's Basketball Wives; Jeanette "Black Widow" Lee; and former New York Knicks John Starks.

WATCH VIDEO: Meeka Claxton formerly of Vh1's Basketball Wives

Watching What's The 411's Crystal Lynn and Meeka Claxton, wife of Craig "Speedy" Claxton and former star of VH1's Basketball Wives, talk on the red carpet, is like eavesdropping on two girlfriends catching up.

They talk about everything from fashion to Meeka's upcoming book and e-book series to being engaged to marriage to careers, and Justin Tuck's R.U.S.H for Literacy Celebrity Billiards Charity Tournament.

New York Giants' Justin Tuck hosted his annual Tuck's Celebrity Billiard's Tournament presented by RXR, a leading New York Tri-State real estate operating company, on Thursday, May 30 at Slate NYC.

The event has been a popular fundraiser in Manhattan for the past four years. More than 35 celebrities were expected to take part in a single elimination 8 ball tournament, emceed by well-known actor Anthony Anderson, in which the winner will receive the Grand Prize Luxury Package that will benefit Tuck's R.U.S.H for Literacy and the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.

Tuck, a Defensive End for the New York Giants, started his R.U.S.H for Literacy (Read. Understand. Succeed. Hope.) charity in 2008 in hopes of providing children with the necessary resources to improve their reading skills. Thus far, 10,000 students in the Tri-State and Central Alabama communities have received new books and other materials. The Tucks have donated over 55,000 books and raised over $1.5 million dollars since the charity's inception. They have also supported other non-profit organization by donating over $150,000 in grants. This year $25,000 of the Celebrity Billiards' net proceeds will be going to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund as well.

In addition to Meeka Claxton, other celebrities that What's The 411 caught up with at Justin Tuck's Celebrity Billiard's Tournament included: Justin Tuck; actress and television producer, Vivica A. Fox; former NBA Basketball Player, Jason Kidd; actor, comedian, and writer, Anthony Anderson; former New York Knicks Guard John Starks; professional pool player, Jeanette "Black Widow" Lee; and Jared Fogle (better known as Jared the subway guy).

WATCH VIDEO: John Starks

Former New York Knicks Guard John Starks helped out a fellow athlete on one of the hottest days of the year so far in New York City when he attended Justin Tuck's Celebrity Billiard's Tournament.

Starks weathered the heat and took a moment to speak with What's The 411's Crystal Lynn about why he's supporting Justin Tuck's R.U.S.H for Literacy.

New York Giants' Justin Tuck hosted his annual Tuck's Celebrity Billiard's Tournament presented by RXR, a leading New York Tri-State real estate operating company, on Thursday, May 30 at Slate NYC.

The event has been a popular fundraiser in Manhattan for the past four years. More than 35 celebrities were expected to take part in a single elimination 8 ball tournament, emceed by well-known actor Anthony Anderson, in which the winner will receive the Grand Prize Luxury Package that will benefit Tuck's R.U.S.H for Literacy and the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.

Tuck, a Defensive End for the New York Giants, started his R.U.S.H for Literacy (Read. Understand. Succeed. Hope.) charity in 2008 in hopes of providing children with the necessary resources to improve their reading skills. Thus far, 10,000 students in the Tri-State and Central Alabama communities have received new books and other materials. The Tucks have donated over 55,000 books and raised over $1.5 million dollars since the charity's inception. They have also supported other non-profit organization by donating over $150,000 in grants. This year $25,000 of the Celebrity Billiards' net proceeds will be going to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund as well.

In addition to John Starks, other celebrities that What's The 411 caught up with at Justin Tuck's Celebrity Billiard's Tournament included: included: Justin Tuck; Vivica A. Fox; Jason Kidd; Anthony Anderson; Meeka Claxton, wife of Craig "Speedy" Claxton and former star of VH1's Basketball Wives; Jeanette "Black Widow" Lee; and Jared Fogle (better known as Jared the subway guy).

WATCH VIDEO: Jason Kidd

Justin Tuck, a defensive end for the New York Giants, hosted his annual Tuck's Celebrity Billiard's Tournament presented by RXR, a leading New York tri-state real estate operating company, on Thursday, May 30 at Slate NYC.

The event has been a popular fundraiser in Manhattan for the past four years. More than 35 celebrities were expected to take part in a single elimination 8 ball tournament, emceed by well-known actor Anthony Anderson. The tournament winner will receive the Grand Prize Luxury Package that will benefit Tuck's R.U.S.H for Literacy and the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.

What's The 411's Crystal Lynn spoke with New York Knicks Guard Jason Kidd, about his support of Justin Tuck as well as his favorite authors of children's books.

Tuck, a Defensive End for the New York Giants, started his R.U.S.H for Literacy (Read. Understand. Succeed. Hope.) charity in 2008 in hopes of providing children with the necessary resources to improve their reading skills. Thus far, 10,000 students in the Tri-State and Central Alabama communities have received new books and other materials. The Tucks have donated over 55,000 books and raised over $1.5 million dollars since the charity's inception. They have also supported other non-profit organization by donating over $150,000 in grants. This year $25,000 of the Celebrity Billiards' net proceeds will be going to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund as well.

In addition to Jason Kidd, other celebrities that What's The 411 caught up with at Justin Tuck's Celebrity Billiard's Tournament included: Justin Tuck; actress and television producer, Vivica A. Fox; actor, comedian, and writer, Anthony Anderson; Meeka Claxton, wife of Craig "Speedy" Claxton and former star of VH1's Basketball Wives; former New York Knicks Guard John Starks; professional pool player, Jeanette "The Black Widow" Lee; and Jared Fogle (better known as Jared the subway guy).

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