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New York Giants’ Justin Tuck Assembling Large Celebrity Cast for Annual Pool Tournament

May 31st, 2011 at 1:13 PM
By Dan Benton

If we’ve learned anything in the past few weeks it’s that the New York Giants and their players are extremely generous. With all this extra time on their hands because of the NFL Lockout, more and more of it has been spent helping with charities and attending charitable events than ever before. And as we learned when speaking with offensive lineman David Diehl, it’s not a publicity stunt…these men truly care about giving back to the community.

Orlando Magic guard Vince Carter (L) reacts as he shakes hands with actor Anthony Anderson and New York Giants player Justin Tuck (R) after their win over the New York Knicks in their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, November 29, 2009. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT)

A few weeks removed from helping to raise $275,000 for tornado victims in Joplin, Alabama (near his hometown of Kellyton), New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck is now assembling an all-star celebrity cast for his annual pool tournament at Slate NYC on June 2nd, which benefits R.U.S.H. for Literacy, his personal charity that focuses on increasing literacy in New York and Central Alabama.

About the charity:

Lauran & Justin Tuck founded Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy to encourage children to READ, UNDERSTAND, SUCCEED and HOPE. Started in 2008, Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy has been committed to raising funds to donate books and other reading materials to support children in the New York City and Central Alabama communities. By supporting the communities that have supported them, the Tucks hope to encourage children to embrace literacy.

So far the celebrity lineup includes Spike Lee, Vivica A. Fox, Big Daddy Kane, Paul Sorvino, John Legend, John Starks, Kelly Rowland, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Chubb Rock and Eli Manning.

It’s a 32-team (two people per team) single-elimination 8-ball tournament.

Should Eli Manning’s team fail to win, Giants 101 will ready and waiting for the “Poor Eli: Pool Tournament Edition” in which critics cite his lack of team leadership as the reason for the loss. We will also be sure to add the follow-up criticisms that compare his failure on the felt to the routine failures he allegedly faces on the football field.

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