Last weekend, New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony visited Puerto Rico to unveil two newly remodeled basketball courts located within the Magnolia Gardens public housing complex in the northern city of Bayamon. The newly remodeled basketball courts are used by the island’s top minor league players which have produced players that are part of the island’s Superior League. It is estimated that about 350 children currently use the two courts.
In a press conference last thursday Carmelo Anthony, whose father is Puerto Rican, said “There’s plenty of kids down there who need role models… I grew up in a situation like that. It was survival of the fittest.”
Last year The Carmelo Anthony Foundation restored a basketball court in the northern coastal town of Luquillo. In 2010, they refurbished a popular basketball court in La Perla, which is a famous seaside slum in historic Old San Juan. Courts for Kids is a partnership between The Carmelo Anthony Foundation and Anthony’s Syracuse University coach’s Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation. Their focus is to encourage and help kids in disadvantaged socioeconomic areas of Syracuse and Puerto Rico by giving them a better place to play and the opportunity to be successful both on the court and in life.
While in Puerto Rico, Melo also hosted a free-admission celebrity softball game with other athletes including Knicks teammates Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton, former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams, NBA players Marcus Camby and J.J. Barea, and rapper Fat Joe among others. The outcome for the softball game was great even though it was raining and Melo was seen signing autographs.
Carmelo’s wife LaLa was also on the scene with her cousin Dice and friend Po. Carmelo Anthony expects to refurbish more of the island’s courts in the future.
Check out more photos from this past weekend’s events and past Courts for Kids charity work below!
It’s about that time again! The 2012 Summer Olympics is in full swing in London and the world is watching. The Opening Ceremony was held on Friday, July 27th and Puerto Rico‘s 25 representatives were representing our beautiful island as they made their way around the Olympic stadium. The flag bearer was Javier Culson who is an athlete in the track and field category.
Born in Barrio Playa, Ponce, Javier Culson is known as the “world’s fastest man” in the 400 metre hurdles category and hopes to win Puerto Rico’s first ever Olympic gold. He ranked #2 in the world last year behind David Greene of Great Britain, however he has remained undefeated this year and has beaten David Greene three times this year thus far. But Culson is not thinking about Greene at the moment, instead choosing to focus on his own race. Culson states:
I feel a little bit of pressure because right now I’m the first in the world, I have the best time and my country is watching me. But it’s going to be OK
Congratulations to all of the great athletes who made it to the Olympics! We will be cheering on these fine athletes representing Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics!
Athletics: Erick Alejandro (400m hurdles), HÃ©ctor Cotto (110m hurdles), Javier Culson (400m hurdles), Enrique Llanos (110m hurdles), Miguel LÃ³pez (100m), Jamele Mason Vegas (400m hurdles), Beverly Ramos (3000m steeplechase), Carol Rodriguez (400m), Samuel VÃ¡zquez (1500m), Wesley VÃ¡zquez (800m)
Boxing: Jantony Ortiz (Light flyweight), Jeyvier CintrÃ³n (Flyweight), FÃ©lix Verdejo (Lightweight), Francisco Vargas (Light welterweight), Enrique Collazo (Middleweight)
Gymnastics: Tommy Ramos (All-around), Lorena QuiÃ±ones (All-around)
Judo: Melissa Mojica (Women’s +78 kg)
Shooting: JosÃ© Torres Laboy (Double trap)
Swimming: Vanessa GarcÃa (50m freestyle), RaÃºl MartÃnez Colomer (200m freestyle)
Weightlifting: Lely Burgos (Women’s -48kg)
Wrestling: Franklin GÃ³mez (-60kg), Francisco Soler (-74kg), Jaime Espinal (-84kg)
More pictures of Team Puerto Rico from the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony below:
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Hola mi gente! I just received word that on Friday, July 1st and Saturday, July 2nd Puerto Rico will be playing against USA in a FIVB Men’s World League Volleyball match! Of course it would be great if team Puerto Rico had some Boricuas in the stands cheering them on! The events will be at Long Beach State’s Walter Pyramid. More information about this event below:
FIVB Volleyball World League
USA vs Puerto Rico
Friday July 1st & Saturday July 2nd at 7:00 PM
Long Beach State Walter Pyramid
1250 North Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840
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