Amar'e Stoudemire takes trip to Rikers Island to inspire incarcerated teens

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Amar’e Stoudemire has had a busy offseason. The Knicks All-Star forward recently launched a children’s book series and now is reaching out to a slightly older audience at New York’s Rikers Island. Stoudemire visited roughly 250 adolescents Friday, offering words of encouragement and inspiration. The Knicks’ big man was a part of a panel focusing on fatherhood. The New York Post reports:

Afterward, Stoudemire said he had never done this before.

“The message we want to get across is fatherhood,” Stoudemire told The Rumble’s Marc Berman. “A lot of young brothers who are fathers are incarcerated. … We’re going to keep their spirits up.”

“We couldn’t be more grateful to Amare Stoudimire and the other stars for coming to Riker’s Island to inspire today’s young men to stand tall in the face of daunting challenges,” said chief Michael Hourihane.

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