CROMWELL – Before heading over to Kevin Ollie’s tournament at Glastonbury Hills, I stopped by the TPC at River Highlands on a gorgeous Monday morning, where Ray Allen was hosting his golf tournament.
It has been quite a summer for Allen, who turned 38 on July 20 and whose clutch three-pointer sent Game 6 of the NBA Finals to overtime, where the Heat won to stay alive. (A signed photo of Allen launching that historic shot was up for the charity auction.)
He ended up with another championship ring, and he has decided to go for one more. Then he appeared in Washington, before the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, to help raise awareness for the need to continue fund Diabetes research. Allen’s six-year-old son, Walker, suffers from Type 1 Diabetes.
Last week, in Hartford, he was on hand as new computer equipment was installed at the Wish School, the fruits of his, and the Ray of Hope Foundation’s labors on this important front.
Ray Allen’s career goes on and on. Basketball has given him a platform and he is determined to put it to good use.
Here are some highlights of our interview:
On his appearance before Congress on July 9:
“It’s two-fold. I go I n there as an NBA player that has a voice, a little power where I can help mobilize people. But more importantly, I’m a father that wants a cure for my son and his diabetes. So my hope going in there was to create enough noise to make people understand this is a serious disease and I live with it every single day, and to make sure no kids lose their lives because they were misdiagnosed and their parents understand the warning signs. Fatigue, dehydration, bed-wetting. The Senators got a chance to see the face of diabetes, these little kids who have nothing to do with why they have the disease. My son handles it in stride, but over the summer, he’s kind of bucking taking his medicine. He takes it, but I can tell he’s starting to grow and he wants to be over it. He’s angry. He sees other kids running off into the distance and not worrying about anything.”
On the need for computer upgrades in public schools.
“It was probably one of the things I’m most proud of that I’ve done in my career, to be able to able to take that and go back and stand in front of little kids and say ‘I want to help you succeed. I want to help you be the best you can be.’ … As a society, we’re failing our kids. We’re not putting the money in the right places. The things we love, we get addicted to – TV, sports – the money needs to go into school system. If government isn’t putting money in, private sector has a responsibility. We need to make sure our public schools are up to snuff, that all kids are getting the chance for a good education, not just our own.”
Any thoughts of “going out on top” with a ring?
“I take it one day at a time. Just one day at a time. …. I thought about [retiring]. I thought Continue reading