With a career average of 21 points, 9 rebounds and
1.5 blocks per game, Amare Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns doesn't need to do
too much talking on the court. Off the court, its a different story.
The 25-year-old superstar has recently teamed up
with the Ad Council and the U.S. Army to help promote the "Boost"
campaign and encourage teens to stay in school. Amare has recorded a set of
ringtones and messages to help motivate teens to get their a**es out of bed in
We caught up with Amare to talk about the campaign
as well as to talk a little hoops.
AllHipHop.com: First of all congrats on your
season. Do you think this has been the best year for you personally?
Amare Stoudemire: I think so. I just try to
improve every summer. Every year I just try to come with something new. So this
year definitely has been one of the better years for me.
AllHipHop.com: With everybody focusing their MVP
talks on Chris Paul and Kobe, do you feel your name should be up there too?
Amare: Those two are playing for the top teams in
the Western Conference. And the best teams normally have the best players.
That's pretty much how it works.
AllHipHop.com: With the addition of Shaq, how do
you like your chances coming into the postseason?
Amare: Yep, I think with Shaq, he definitely helps
out. Defensively we got that presence out in the post. Offensively, he's going
to dominate inside. So, he is definitely going to help out a lot in the
AllHipHop.com: It's looking like you guys might
see San Antonio in the first round. With what happened last year and the Bruce
Bowen incident last week, does that add any extra fire for you?
Amare: We're not really talking about Bruce Bowen
because San Antonio as a team - you have to get through San Antonio to win a
AllHipHop.com: Lets switch gears to your charity
work. Tell us a little about Boost.
Amare: Well, the Boost Up Campaign is for high
school dropouts. We're trying to prevent kids from dropping out of school, so
what I do is create ringtones and wake up calls so kids stay in school. The
fact is, that you've got 1,200 kids that are dropping out of high school daily,
so we're trying to change that.
AllHipHop.com: What do you try to say in those pre-recordings?
Amare: Well you got to log on to Boostup.org or
AmareStoudemire.com to really tune in to the ringtones and the wake up calls.
AllHipHop.com: As a kid did you struggle with
motivation to go to class?
Amare: Yeah, there are those times you want to
sleep in that extra hour or so. I'm pretty sure everybody in the world wants to
sleep in, but they have good self-discipline to want to get up. A lot of kids
don't have that motivation to get up and go because they think school is not
fun. So we want to let them know school is fun - and they have to understand how
important education is, because if you have education it helps you through a
lot of situations.
AllHipHop.com: Were your struggles growing up your
motivation behind wanting to give back and help kids?
Amare: Absolutely. I think that's my main motivation.
A lot of people don't understand what these kids go through. I know how they
feel. I know how they think. I know what they want, so my job is to give them
what they want - teach them the right moves, the right ways to be successful.