Stars from around the world of sports were out this past weekend in New York City, and they were giving back in a variety of ways. At Frames in Manhattan, they took to the lanes to both bowl some strikes, and to help Trent Tucker in his attempt to strike out Juvenile Diabetes (JDRF). The Trent Tucker Celebrity Bowling Event featured many current and former athletes, including Willie Colon of the New York Jets, Boxing Champion Rock Blackwell, former New York Giant Howard Cross, as well as ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and Comedian JB Smoove.
Trent Tucker, an eleven-year veteran of the NBA, spent the majority of his career as a New York Knick, so when the All-Star Game made its return to New York City, he felt it was the perfect opportunity to raise awareness for his cause.
“First of all, its a pleasure for me to be back once again in New York City,” said Tucker. “You know when I was drafted back in 1982, New York made me very welcome and I have always felt that this is home for me… today I’m glad to be back in New York City once again, to be a part of something special, because we are trying to spread more awareness and raise more funding to help find a cure for diabetes.”
Trent took up the cause for JDRF because diabetes is an issue that has struck close to home on multiple occasions. “About 10, 12 years ago I lost my father and oldest brother to complications from diabetes, and this organization has been close to my heart for a long, long time” Tucker said. “And I know many young people today who are still struggling with type 1 and type 2 diabetes”.
The fight versus diabetes was personal for other celebrities in attendance as well. Adam Schefter opened up about his own family’s experience with the disease. “Well first of all, my wife is a type 1 diabetic so anything I can do to support JDRF, it’s a very personal project to me,” Schefter said. “It’s something I’ve supported in the past, it’s something I’ll always support, and anytime we can get people out here to raise awareness and funds about juvenile diabetes, and diabetes in general, I am all for it.”
Frames, a bowling alley in the heart of Manhattan, played host for the star-studded event, which featured a VIP meet and greet, live auction, cocktails, and a whole afternoon’s worth of bowling. After the stars were finished walking the red carpet, Latin pop group Viva Mas performed a beautiful rendition of the national anthem, signifying that it was time to hit the lanes.
Although almost every star in attendance professed that their bowling skills were hopeless, Tucker did inspire a great deal of confidence in their fight against diabetes. “When you have this type of group, these types of individuals who come out to lend their time and lend their support, to be a part of a team like this… it lets me know that a cure is very, very close,” Tucker said.