From the age of 10 through now, I've been working, hustling and getting after it. The biggest reason why I am who I am is because of where I got my start: Brooklyn, New York, USA.
So, when I recently had the opportunity to go back to my roots and give back to the Brooklyn community, I jumped on it. In the season finale of "The Hook-Up" Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez joined me to hook-up an incredible Brooklyn-based organization called CHiPS.
CHiPS is a charity that serves the hungry and homeless regardless of faith, race or ethnicity. It is supported locally by churches, synagogues, civic groups and volunteers and acts as a safe-haven for people going through difficult times.
Brook, BlueRock Energy CEO Phil Van Horne and I paid a surprise visit to CHiPS, bringing donations from our friends at Papa John's, Baked in Brooklyn and Mitchell & Ness. We even got the chance to surprise the amazing staff at CHiPS with something special to thank them for their selfless work!
I hope you'll tune-in to the episode, which debuts tonight at 11:30pm on YES Network (following the Nets postgame). You will also get to see me revisit my hook-up with cancer survivor and military veteran Ricky Bruno. Ricky was one of the patients Darryl Strawberry, Evander Holyfield and I surprised at Winthrop University Hospital. His story was so inspiring and since he is a lifelong Yankees fan, I invited him and his family to Yankee Stadium for a game...then my friend Johnny Damon surprised him and he was honored by the Yankees on the field!
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