Former New York Knicks Power Foward Charles Oakley – known as Oak Tree or simple Oak – came to Friendship Worship Center, located at 261 E Lincoln Ave in Mount Vernon, NY, Wednesday, March 23, 2022, for Community Together, a free series of conversations with industry leaders and change agents committed to Westchester County’s efforts to stop gun violence.
Community Together is a collective effort by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, and Friendship Worship Center to reduce the violence surge in the communities by educating and encouraging youth to make positive choices. The goal is to promote healthy emotional expression and conflict resolution. In February, CNN political correspondent and civil rights attorney Bakari Sellers kicked off the series with “Youth Together with Bakari Sellers: Time for Real Talk.”
Oakley had an intimate conversation moderated by Dr. Traci Alexander, with community members, and a basketball team from Newark, NJ who drove across the bridge to hear the former NBA All-Star. Oakley shared excerpts from his newly released memoir, “The Last Enforcer,” which tells of his life experiences from on and off the court. All the in-person attendees received a complimentary copy of Oakley’s book.
Oakley played for the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, and Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. A power forward, he consistently ranked as one of the best rebounders in the NBA. Since 2017, he has been the coach of the Killer 3’s of the BIG3.
The next day Thursday, March 24th the former Knicks Power Foward shares his basketball journey with students at Westbury High School, the school Dr Tahira Dupree-Chase is doing great things as their new superintendent.
In his book, The Last Enforcer: Outrageous Stories From the Life and Times of One of the NBA’s Fiercest Competitor, Oakley shares one incredible story after the next—all in his signature “unflinchingly tough, honest, and ultimately endearing” (Harvey Araton, New York Times bestselling author) style—about his life in the paint and beyond, fighting for rebounds and respect. You’ll look back on the era of the 1990s NBA, when tough guys with rugged attitudes, unflinching loyalty, and hard-nosed work ethics were just as important as three-point sharpshooters. You’ll feel like you were on the court, in the room, can’t believe what you just saw, and need to tell everyone you know about it.
The Last Enforcer is available everywhere they sell books.