Allan Houston's "Father Knows Best" Tour Comes to Erie

New York Knicks Assistant General Manager and Erie BayHawks General Manager Allan Houston announced today that his Foundation has teamed up with the Erie BayHawks, Penelec, United Way, Erie Together, City of Erie, East High School and others to bring the Allan Houston “Father Knows Best” Basketball Tour to Erie. The event aimed at promoting stronger family relationships through basketball, will be held on November 10th, 2012 at East High School, 1001 Atkins Street in Erie, PA.

The Father Knows Best program is a celebration of fatherhood and connected families, as well as an educational tool to promote and strengthen family relationships. Those interested in participating need to pre-register at http://allanhouston.com/fkbprogramerie or contact Ed Williams (814-870-1214), Curtis Jones (814-870-1293) or Melvin Witherspoon (814-870-1293) for more information.

"Kids without fathers are five times more likely to be incarcerated before the age of 24": Source: Sara S. McLanahan. “Father Absence and Youth Incarceration.” Journal of Research on Adolescence. We have the opportunity to go to the source of the problem and help provide the tools needed to improve communication and support better family relationships,” stated Allan Houston, former NBA All-Star for the New York Knicks. “We’re excited to bring the Father Knows Best program to Erie and have the support of the Erie BayHawks, Penelec, United Way, Erie Together, East High School and a host of others. I would also like to personally thank the families of Erie, PA for welcoming us. This is an excellent opportunity to support the growth and development of young adults, as well as families.”

“We’re grateful that Allan is bringing this program to Erie and the BayHawks are honored to partner with his Foundation” stated Erie BayHawks President Matt Bresee. “The program is sure to have a positive impact on the Erie community and for that we are excited about helping such a great event.”

The innovative “Father Knows Best” program is a unique combination of high-powered basketball and learning activities for fathers-children and mentors -mentees. Participants will engage in activities that emphasize leadership, communication and the importance of fatherhood, mentoring and strong families. Open to the public, this free event welcomes the Erie community to change the game on Fatherhood and Mentoring!

Participants and sponsors of the event have the opportunity to take to the court, play alongside their fathers/mentors in various shooting competitions, attend workshops on life skills development, receive gift bags, awards and prizes, among other items. In the weeks following the event, participants of this program will engage in activities that emphasize leadership, communication and the importance of spending quality time together covering the curriculum topics of Faith, Integrity, Sacrifice, Leadership and Legacy.

ABOUT ALLAN HOUSTON’S FATHER KNOWS BEST PROGRAM

Developed by the Assistant General Manager of the New York Knicks and General Manager of the Erie BayHawks, Allan Houston, and his father Wade, Father Knows Best is a signature program of the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation (AHLF). This community program combines high-powered basketball with relationship-development activities, and has been recognized by the Obama administration as an important tool to help solve the crisis of absentee fatherhood in America. Through its basketball clinics, learning sessions, panel discussions and sports competitions, Father Knows Best creates a safe environment for participants to reconnect, discuss sensitive topics, compete against each other and ultimately share an experience that will last a lifetime.

As an extension of the Father Knows Best Basketball Program, through its FISLL Curriculum (Faith, Integrity, Sacrifice, Leadership, and Legacy) AHLF provides the opportunity to extend the relationship-building activities beyond the one-day clinic into a seven-week ongoing leadership curriculum. Additional information on Allan Houston’s Father Knows Best Program is available at www.allanhouston.com/fkbnation.

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