Book Review: Tuff Juice

Caron Butler’s autobiography, titled Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA, has received high praise since its publication in 2015.  Mark Wahlberg, who was granted the rights to adapt the book into a film, said, “this story is as good, as dramatic, and as inspirational as any I’ve dealt with in my professional career.”  A foreword by Kobe Bryant, wherein Kobe introduces his friend and former teammate as a man of great dedication, sets the tone for Caron’s journey.  Tuff Juice takes readers to the basketball star’s hometown of Racine, Wisconsin, where drugs and violence dominate life on the streets.   With over a dozen arrests and nearly a year spent in a correctional facility before age fifteen, Caron’s draft into the NBA seemed nothing short of a miracle.  Thanks to the unwavering love and support from his mother, Caron managed to escape the crime-ridden streets of Racine, get back in school, and join a local AAU basketball team.  He eventually transferred to a prep school, Maine Central Institute, where he played alongside several others who went on to play ball in college and at the national level.  Caron played Division 1 college basketball under head coach Jim Calhoun at UConn, where he led the Huskies to the NCAA Elite 8.  In 2002, Caron entered the NBA draft as a lottery pick where he was chosen 10th overall by the Miami Heat.  Miami teammate Dwyane Wade calls Caron “an unbelievable role model,” who “turned his life around and set a shining example for others.”   Having read the book in our company-wide book club, we can attest that Tuff Juice is a must-read that offers what Los Angeles Times calls “a unique point of view on the pressures players experience on the court.”  Congrats on a great book, Caron! We are excited to see what’s next.

Chris Carrino in WCBS 50 People to Know

Most would recognize Chris Carrino as a renowned sportscaster on CBS and lead radio play-by-play voice for the Brooklyn Nets. Yet, behind the scenes, Chris bravely fights a daily battle with with a type of muscular dystrophy known as facio scapulo humeral dystrophy, or FSHD.

Recently, Chris sat down with WCBS's Sean Adam to talk about his courageous story battling a currently incurable disease and his persistence to find a cure. WCBS shared an exclusive post about Chris and why he is one of their Top 50 People to Know. Watch the video and full interview by clicking here. Learn more about the Chris Carrino Foundation and how you can contribute by clicking here

A.J. Hawk and "Life After Football"

In a Players’ Tribune article titled “Life After Football,” NFL retiree A.J. Hawk provides insight into some of the challenges that follow retirement from the league. A.J. does not intend to fade away as some players do, opting instead to stay busy. In addition to spending time with his wife and four children, he will participate in charity events. This weekend he will play in the 28th Annual American Celebrity Golf Championship to help raise money for the Stowers Institute for Medical Research and other regional charities. He also has a podcast, appears frequently on Sirus radio, and calls various college football games as a color analyst. He continually studies the best analysts and sportscasters in the business, and attacks his future as a broadcaster "with the same drive he had for football."

Dan Shulman Moving on from Sunday Night Baseball

After nearly two decades of MLB coverage for ESPN, Dan Shulman will leave Sunday Night Baseball after this season.  His choice reflects a desire to “strike a better balance” between his personal and professional life. Shulman will remain as ESPN’s signature play-by-play announcer for men’s NCAA basketball.  In an interview on Monday, he expressed gratitude for ESPN’s agreeing “to let me reconfigure my situation in order to make this work.”