Being a New York City point guard is a pretty big deal. The long and storied lineage runs from old-timers like Bob Cousy all the way to guys like Stephon Marbury(notes) and Sebastian Telfair(notes). If you’re good at playing point in NYC, odds are you’ll become a legend throughout the city.
However, the biggest of all the big deals is probably Kenny Anderson, who is the only player in history to be named all-city all four years of high school and is called “the best high school player I’ve ever seen” by scouts who have been watching basketball for 50 years. After a Final Four and two years at Georgia Tech, Anderson hit the NBA as the second overall pick in the 1991 draft. And while his NBA career was nothing to write home about, he banked about $60 million.
Then, when his career came to a close in 2005, he was broke. Between cars, seven children with five women and loving to party, Anderson was without a job, money or a diploma. So he went back to school, and this Saturday he’ll be graduating with a degree in organizational leadership.
A neighbor told him about the Institute for Professional Studies at St. Thomas, so he enrolled for his online program by himself — without a cadre of helpers hovering over him. He began working with an adviser, Jennifer Booker, who is a professor.
“What surprised me,” Booker said, “was the way he was willing to give credit to people who helped him, like a former trainer.” She watched him handle the online classes, but from the other side of the electronic connection she could not gauge the terror of a star who had once performed in arenas and now had to produce a paper.
“I’d ask people for help,” Anderson said. “This wasn’t like college. They’d say, ‘I’ll give you an idea, but you have to do the work yourself.'” He almost quit a few times but found a comfortable routine, helping get Ken Jr. and his wife’s daughter, Tiana, also 9, off to school. Then he would take off to Starbucks and study.
Big ups, Kenny Anderson. This kind of thing just makes you feel good. Not the losing $60 million part obviously, but the responding to that by doing something constructive part. That’s excellent.
Anderson is currently giving private lessons to basketball hopefuls, but he’s hoping for something bigger. Whether that ends up being coaching somewhere or something else, now that he’s got his degree, he’s got options. Very cool.
Is this the Urban version of Sex In The City?
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February 18, 2010
Pittsburgh Steelers Ramon Foster To Attend 32nd Annual Motorama
Meet the NFL Player at the PA Farm Show Complex Feb. 20th
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Ramon Foster (#73 Tackle) was a key contributor to the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line during the 2009 season. He came to the Steelers as an undrafted rookie, but quickly became the top backup at his position. Foster started a total of four games for the defending Super Bowl Champions and is expected to be a major factor next season.
All Steelers and NFL fans have a great chance to meet Foster at the 32nd Annual Motorama. He will be the VIP Guest of show vendor Bob Roland, owner of Roland With Sounds. Foster will be signing autographs and made available to take some pictures. Fans are welcome to bring their Steelers collectables as well.
• When: Saturday, February 20, 2010/2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Where: PA Farm Show Complex Harrisburg
• What: Foster will be signing autographs at the Roland With Sounds Booth (only)
About Roland With Sounds:
Roland With Sounds has over 23 years of experience building and installing car stereo systems from Basic to Competition installs. Roland With Sounds, along with their customers, have won numerous trophies and plaques ranging from 1st Place to “Best of Show”. Robert Roland – has been a certified installer since 1992 through the MECP (Mobile Electronics Certified Professional) program. For more information please visit www.rolandwithsounds.com.
About Urban Sports VIP, LLC:
Urban Sports VIP is a full service event management company. Urban Sports VIP manages events and talent who strengthen brand awareness and credibility for your business. For more information about Urban Sports VIP, visit www.urbansportsvip.com.
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