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Off the court, Stoudemire remains committed to youth literacy

Feb 28, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

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Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t read a lot in his youth.

Which means he was like most young people today — in a digital, video-game world getting children to read regularly is not an easy thing. Especially when those kids don’t relate to the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” or the other books out there.

Stoudemire wanted to reach those kids and he now has written three books aimed at middle-school students. The books, such as “STAT: Home Court” are semi-autobiographical and have stories of basketball games on the blacktop. Things middle school boys can relate to but don’t often get to read about.

Stoudemire sat down and talked with NBC News about the books and his goals for them. It’s good stuff, it’s more important stuff than basketball. Hopefully as the Knicks move into the playoffs and Stoudemire is back in the limelight that will give the books a little boost of recognition.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Bam Bam has been pushing this even harder since he got to New York. And he’s personally been out in the schools here to do it. Much respect.

  2. vilelabyrinth - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Great when these guys are committed to great programs like this. more people in his position should be like him.

  3. adoombray - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Well, actually, no, it’s not more important than basketball stuff. He’s a basketball player and it’s a basketball blog. I don’t catch alot of Knicks games. Could you break down some game film for us and show us how he’s been playing? how’s he handling Melo playing at the 4? has he started playing defense? injuries still nagging him? does he start, or come off the bench? these are the important things to basketball fans clicking a basketball blog to click basketball news.

    Good for him and all, but I don’t see how this is NBA related at all. This is a story for Oprah Winfrey. it shouldn’t matter a famous athlete is trying to change the world ; it’s something we should all be doing, but I don’t want to preach to you guys anymore than I want to be preached at.

    • dko83 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      Let me preach at you then. Basketball fans like it when millionaire athletes choose not to put ATMs in their house and instead do something that helps people, people not so fortunate to play a game for a ridiculous amount of money. How dare us basketball fans enjoy reading about something uplifting like this! We should be ashamed! And yes, children learning to read is more important than basketball.

      I completely understand what you’re saying, Amare’s PER should be the focus on this blog, not his good deeds and the betterment of America’s youth. Did I lay the sarcasm on thick enough for you?

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