Amar'e Stoudemire: New York Knick Talks to B/R About His off-the-Court Endeavors

Shane DePutronCorrespondent IJune 17, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18:  Assistant coach Amare Stoudemire of the Rookie Team calls out from the bench during the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam at Staples Center on February 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Amar'e Stoudemire accomplished a lot in his first season with the New York Knicks, helping to power the franchise to their first playoff berth since 2004 and their first winning record since 2001.

And although the injury-riddled team was ultimately eliminated in the first round, both Amar'e and the Knicks certainly appear to have a promising future.

What's more, Stoudemire was nice enough to spend some of his time talking to Bleacher Report this week, discussing a wide range of topics—including his off-the-court endeavors. 

One such endeavor is his charity, the Amar'e Stoudemire Foundation, which was founded in 2006.

On the foundation's official website, their mission statement declares that they "inspire and help at-risk youth to succeed with the goal of eradicating poverty through education."

What's more, Stoudemire added that one way they do this is through an AAU and youth basketball program, which allows as many as half of the young players a chance to attend NCAA Division I colleges, and some could even go to the NBA.

But that's not all. In fact, he also described the Amar'e Stoudemire Foundation's work overseas, stating:

"The other branch is out in Sierra Leone, where I was named their Goodwill Ambassador. And the other branch is doing work in Mali, where we’re about to build an academy for the kids"

So when one recognizes all that he is doing, it's hard not to walk away impressed with what Stoudemire does off the court.

But in addition to discussing his foundation, Amar'e also was able to talk about the work he is doing with Excedrin.

This week, he attended the "Excedrin What's Your Headache? Contest" sports charity launch and had a photo shoot with the last contest winner.

In summarizing the contest, Stoudemire said, "It’s just pretty much a contest based on that a lot of people have for an example, my headache would be trying to win the NBA championship."

Moreover, he declared, "The next contest starts Monday, June 20. You can go on Excedrin’s Facebook page to enter."

Finally, if you would like to read more about what Amar'e Stoudemire had to say to Bleacher Report, you can following these links:

Amar'e Stoudemire Discusses the New York Knicks

Amar'e Stoudemire Discusses the 2011 NBA Finals