Director, Special Projects & Community Relations Representative
One of the Big Apple’s best-known and most respected sports figures…..vital force behind the Knicks….ambitious community efforts and ever present figure among the city’s youngsters….duties include an emphasis on education and stay-in-school messages aimed at the city’s youth.
Instrumental in such recent successful efforts as the Knicks & MSG’s Garden of Dreams Foundation….serves as Goodwill Ambassador for Madison Square Garden, and is familiar figure at all Knicks and Liberty home games.
An integral part of the Knicks scene for three decades….served as Knicks TV analyst for ten seasons (1972-73 through 1981-82)…instrumental in the success of Knicks Summer Caravan as a coordinator and speaker….logged seven years as Knicks Director of Community Relations prior to current position.
Influence on the New York sports scene goes far beyond Knicks, duties….has served his alma mater, New York University, as both assistant director off alumni relations and assistant basketball coach in 1985…honored by NYU’s School of Sports Management as the namesake of the Cal Ramsey Distinguished Lecturer Series, an annual event that was inaugurated by NBA Commissioner David Stern in spring 2001. Ramsey’s dedication, service and contributions to the New York City basketball scene have not gone unrewarded. In 2002, he received the National Invitation Tournament’s (NIT) Man of the Year Award, while in April 2005, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association.
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Aid Society, and the Board of Directors of the Black Sports and Cultural Hall of Fame…serves on the advisory board of YES (Youth Education through Sports)…member of the Frank McGuire Foundation which honors high school coaches in the tri-state area….former commissioner of the Foot Locker SlamFest….appointed chairman of the New York City Sports Commission by then-Mayer Edward Koch in 1986…logged four years as color commentator on St. John’s University hoop broadcasts on WFAN….heavily involved with Special Olympics.
One of the city.s greatest home-grown hoop heroes….graduate of Commerce (now Brandeis) High School…three-year letterman at NYC, where his heroics earned him induction into the New York City Basketball hall of Fame in 1994….earned All-Metro honors in three seasons and was named to the Helms All-America Team in 1959…Hauled in 19.6 rpg in 1956-57, still a Violet team record….member of the Scholastic Honor Society….graduation from NYU with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959.
Second-round pick (15th overall) by St. Louis Hawks in 1959…played two NBA seasons (1959-60 and 1960-61) with the Hawks, Knicks and Syracuse, averaging 7.9 PPG in 13 career games (including seven contests as a Knick in 1959-60)…Pro career was cut short by knee injury.
Following playing days, served as a teacher in the city’s public school system….acting assistant principal of I.S. 201 in Manhattan in 1968-69….worked extensively with New York Urban League and New York Urban Coalition.
Enshrined in the Brooklyn-based Basketball Old Timers of America hall of Fame, the NYC Sports hall of Fame, the Brooklyn USA Hall of Fame, the Holcombe Rucker Basketball Hall of Fame and the Bob Douglas Community Service hall of Fame.
76 years old (July 13-1937; Selma, Ala)… Member of the world-famous Friars Club… made acting debut on a segment of the Cosby Show taped in October 1997… lives in upper Manhattan.