From NBA player to Olympic gold medalist to New York Knicks assistant general manager, Allan Houston is sharing the strong entrepreneurial spirit his parents raised him on with those who are less fortunate.
Houston, founder of The Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, knows it's important for kids to have the influence of a good father. Drawing from his experience as a father of seven children and from his own father's influence on his success, he recognizes that men sometimes need to learn how to be invested in their children's growth.
"There are a lot of great men doing great things in the area of fatherhood and around city and country," Houston tells Soledad on "Staring Point." "One of the issues we've been blessed with is the engagement. A lot of these programs aren't - men aren't engaged with their kids."
Houston started the Legacy Foundation to promote fatherhood and strengthen the ties between fathers and their kids. To celebrate such progress, the foundation throws a BBQ for the mentors and mentees in the program. "Aside from learning fundamentals of basketball, we wanted to bring fathers and mentors for kids who didn't have fathers to bond and connect. We want to encourage men in general that this fatherhood issue is huge," Houston says.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This interview is scheduled to air on Friday, June 15th at 7am Eastern.
Father's Day is this Sunday, and Allan Houston is working hard to promote the importance of a father's relationship with his kids.
The former New York Knicks superstar, one of the all-time leading scorers in Knicks history, is also a father to seven children. He was also named "Father of the Year" in 2007 by the National Fatherhood Initiative. It's so important to him that his non-profit, the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, works to promote the importance of fatherhood.
In this preview clip of his interview with Soledad O'Brien, Houston explains how his father was his inspiration for starting his foundation.
"I was watching him," Houston says. "I was watching how he dealt with my mother, I was watching how he dealt with scrutiny, I was watching his work ethic. By the time I got to the NBA, not only did I listen to those words but I actually saw his example. Halfway through my career, we said this is something we have to share."
Houston adds, "We would hear often about our relationship, and how in an African-American community, having a strong male figure is rare. I didn't want to buy into that. I wanted other people to understand this shouldn't be an anomaly. This should be the standard."
Watch the full interview this Friday, June 15th at 7amET on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."
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Nas talks with Soledad this morning on "Starting Point" and explains the challenges of raising a young girl.
See the transcript of the interview after the jump.