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New York Giants’ Justin Tuck Named a Top 10 Black Celebrity Philanthropist of 2013

January 11th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck has never been shy about giving back the community. From greeting fans and signing autographs during training camp to his R.U.S.H. for Literacy organization, Tuck is one of the most charitable and engaging athletes in the NFL. And as a reward for his charitable nature, the former Pro Bowl defensive end has been named one of the Top 10 Black Celebrity Philanthropists of 2013 by Black Gives Back and the Admiral Center.

New York Giants star player Justin Tuck and his wife Lauran are the founders of Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy, an organization that promotes literacy, opportunity, access to education and financial literacy for low-income youth in New York, New Jersey and Alabama.  What started out as a simple book distribution has grown to include an essay contest and grant making.

In October, the couple joined the Children’s Aid Society (CAS), the Citi Foundation and the 1:1 Fund to launch The Children’s Aid Society College Savers pilot program that will help low-income New York City children and their families save and plan for college. Initial funding for the program was provided through a $100,000 grant from Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy.  Justin shared, “Many kids in the rural Alabama community where I grew up weren’t so fortunate and never considered college a real possibility. The CAS College Savers program would have made a huge difference in their lives and it has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of low-income New York City children.”

In addition to Tuck, other names in the top 10 include Hip Hop Artist Dr. Dre, actors Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx, and autism advocate Holly Robinson Peete, to name a few.

Congratulations are certainly in order for Tuck and his wife, Lauran, who continue to go above and beyond for those in need.

Photo credit: Chris Pusateri Photography / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

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20 Responses to “New York Giants’ Justin Tuck Named a Top 10 Black Celebrity Philanthropist of 2013”

  1.  Krow says:

    Damn, that’s really decent of him. Well done Tuck.

  2.  Dirt says:

    Seattle’s 12th Man… For all of the championships you’ve helped your team win, we salute you. We really can’t talk enough about you, actually.

  3.  kujo says:

    Let’s go Seahawks!

  4.  kujo says:

    Can’t deny it–I have an enormous crush on the Seahawks’ defense. We didn’t have a single defense player in 2013 who is a real asskicker.

    •  Krow says:

      Yep. They play tough across the board. Hardnosed team top to bottom.

      •  kujo says:

        I mean, you’d expect this level of talent on a team that has been abysmal for a decade-plus.

        But still….

        They’ve got players we’d never draft! Badasses who live to hit people, not philosophing philanthropists and fashionistas.

  5.  Dirt says:

    Seattle has one weakness – every player on their team is a terrible dancer

  6.  kujo says:

    Jeez….did Harvin bang the mom’s of the Saints’ secondary? They are cheap shotting the crap out of him!

  7.  Dirt says:

    Fortune favors the bold:

    Down a touchdown, Payton kicks a likely worthless field goal, and misses.

    3rd and 3, Carroll’s squad airs it out.

    Verily, it’s not a tie game, but rather a two score game.

    •  jerseyrich says:

      At the time, the FG was probably the right play on 4th and 15 (liklihood of converting 1st down that is alomost ZERO); they make it and hold on defense, they don’t have to worry about converting the 2 pointer if they score a second TD….payton couldnt predict seattle would score another TD.

      Saints defense played great for the most part….brees and the offense, for whatever reason (crowd noise will be the main excuse) did a disgusting job with the clock all day. Too much goofing around early in the 2nd half by the Saints offense….and sure enough, at the end of the game, it cost them.

      With that all being said, seattle did a great job defensively (despite the fact that they get away with way too much holding/pass interference by their secondary. They are all good, but the refs are way too lax with them).

      •  Dirt says:

        I will agree to completely disagree

        •  jerseyrich says:

          LOL…you got it. Seriously, 4th and 15 vs a long but makeable FG (if made negating the need to convert a 2pt play later on). They miss the 4th and 15 and give seattle a short field (which they did anyway, but payton has to have faith in his kicker there). He went with the odds and failed anyway…it happens. 4th and 8 or less you are right….after that I believe you are wrong.

  8.  turkish says:

    Absolute fantastic human and incredible man. Guy TRULY cares as opposed to the tax dodgers (not that there is anything wrong with that).

  9.  Dirt says:

    I want what Dierdorf is (like always) smoking. Fall on the ball at the 1? Is he nuts? It’s the 3rd best option out of 3.

    Second best taking the safety, surrendering 2 points and the ball.

    Best: doing what the punter tried to do, throw an incomplete pass, surrender 0 points, and give Indy the ball back at the line of scrimmage, which was about 30 yards down field.

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