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June 15th, 2012
11:06 AM ET

From basketball to fatherhood: Allan Houston Former New York Knicks superstar Allan Houston on lessons he's learned on what it takes to be a good dad

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.

Filed under: Fatherhood • NBA
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  1. Tia

    First I'd like to commend Soledad Obrien for her excellence in hosting CNN's Starting Point. She is the driving force behind the success of the show, that is one of the most informative shows on tv these days,that inter react with panel and bloggers as well. Now concerning Houston, he has a nobel cause, simular to Big Brothers Of America. And his theory is on point about fathers and their children and or children whom appear to have no father. Leadership is important in the developmental stages of children,that is where they learn,the fundimentals of family structure and bonding,creativity and productivty and self respect and respect for those around them and their enviroment. Houston and all the men whom stand up,to pave away for a child,is the very core of pride and male bonding that has lacking for so long in many childrens lives. Bravo to Mr.Houston and those whom stand with him,for being the true essence of man,leading by example!

    June 17, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse | Reply

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