NY Knicks defensive basketball player of the year & 2012 Olympic gold medalist Tyson Chandler teamed up with UNICEF last night (Sept. 26) at Canoe Studios in New York to showcase his impressive photography collection.
Chandler has earned great acclaim for his basketball prowess and charitable efforts, and to top that he is also an avid and talented photographer. A portion of the photo-licensing proceeds will benefit the United Stated Fund for UNICEF, a charity close to his heart.
“This past year has been a particularly exciting one for me, and I’m so glad I captured so much of it on camera,” said Chandler. “Photography has become a real passion of mine and I am excited to share my experiences with the world and at the same time give back.”
Chandler experienced a UNICEF program first-hand in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam, learning about a child-protection program at a center providing support for children living on the streets, a clinic for mothers of children with HIV/AIDS, and a school where children were taking part in clean water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives. From watching special performances, to visiting schools, shelters and health centers to playing basketball with local kids, and observing the nation’s vibrant wildlife, he documented the experiences with his camera.
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Zona spoke to UNICEF President Caryl Stern to find out what UNICEF is all about and Tyson’s involvement with it.
“UNICEF is the organization that does whatever it takes to save a child anywhere in the world. We work with more than 190 countries and territories. We are really excited to have Tyson be a voice for us because when he speaks people listen. We know that it is going to take voices like his to get America on their feet and help save children all around the world. “
Many athletes came out to support Tyson Chandler’s event like talk-show host, sports analyst and former Giants player Michael Strahan, NY Knick Amare Stoudemire, Jason Kidd, Iman Shumpert, and Marcus Camby. Former Knicks player Patrick Ewing and Assistant General Manager for the New York Knicks Allan Houston also put in an appearance. We were able to get some interesting feedback from some of these celebrity guests on Chandler and the upcoming NBA season.
Allan Houston, what does it mean to you being here tonight supporting Tyson Chandler?
Houston: I think it’s awesome. When he came to New York we knew that he was going to bring so much of class, integrity and heart. For him to be able to use his platform and show who he really is and another passion of his is great. This is a great venue and platform to do it.
This NBA Season is one of the most exciting and anticipated because of all the new trades. We took this opportunity to ask Amare Stoudemire what strategies the NY Knicks will be using this NBA Season.
Stoudemire: Every year is a different challenge. There are so many teams that have great rosters and play well so we are able to compete with those guys. We have our own goals in mind, same as the other teams but we feel we are right there to compete with them.
By any chance are you a football fan, Amare?
Stoudemire: I am a football fan. I like the Big Blue Victor Cruz is a good friend of mine, but I am actually a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan. I am the last man standing with that [laughs].
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