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Hometown Hero – White Plain’s own Art Monk

On August 2, 2008, NFL Legend and White Plains native, Art Monk, along with fellow Washington Redskins teammate Darrell Green, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Upon his induction into the Hall of Fame, Monk received the longest standing ovation in Pro Football Hall of Fame history, lasting four minutes and four seconds when later timed by NFL Films. In 2012, Monk was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Monk would go on to be the only person inducted into the pro football, college football, Westchester sports and White Plains High School halls of fame and was be among those honored Nov. 5, 2015 at a fundraising gala in celebration of the White Plains Youth Bureau’s 45th anniversary.

“White Plains is where it all started for me — it’s where I grew up,” three-time Super Bowl champion wide receiver Art Monk told The Journal News/lohud. “Obviously I’m honored, and I’m looking forward to coming home.”

The White Plains High School alum (class of 1976), Monk now 59-years-old, starred in football and track. He played college ball at Syracuse, where he was an All-American, and was selected to the NFL’s Pro Bowl three times during a 16-year career with the Washington Redskins, New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles.

Monk still has family in the area and over the years has continued to give back to White Plains. He established the Art Monk Scholarship Fund, which awards a $1,000 scholarship to a football player. In the 1980s, he played a role in preserving the Loucks Games, a major East Coast high school track meet. Monk also helped raise money for construction of Loucks Stadium, the school’s main outdoor athletic facility.

 “I have a lot of good memories about growing up in White Plains and I haven’t been there for about three years now, so it will be good to be back, especially for such a good cause,” Monk said. “I know the Youth Bureau does a lot of good work for kids in the city.”

Also being honored at the gala are Madge Carter-Anderson, George Avenaut and Danny Bernstein, along with various Youth Bureau business partners.

A standout, all-county sprinter during her days at White Plains High School, Carter-Anderson received a four-year scholarship to USC, where she earned degrees in political science and marketing. She founded the White Plains Future Stars track team in 1998 with help from her husband, Anthony Anderson, and Frank Williams, executive director of the Youth Bureau. She was elected president of Metropolitan United States Track & Field in 2004. She works as a product manager at Franco Apparel in New York City.

Avenaut retired from the Youth Bureau in 2013 after a 39-year career working with young people. His main focus was on building connections with the city’s Hispanic community, working with parents to encourage non-high school graduates to obtain their GED diplomas and supporting others in their efforts to finish high school and go on to college. He also worked with New York City officials to obtain funding for the Runaway Youth Act and was instrumental in the founding of El Centro Hispano in White Plains.

A native of Roslyn, Long Island, Bernstein is executive director of Backyard Sports Cares, a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 to provide high quality sports and recreation programs to at-risk children and those with special needs. Backyard Sports serves more than 2,500 children in White Plains, Port The White Plains High School alum (class of 1976), Monk now 59-years-old, starred in football and track. He played college ball at Syracuse, where he was an All-American, and was selected to the NFL’s Pro Bowl three times during a 16-year career with the Washington Redskins, New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles.

Monk still has family in the area and over the years has continued to give back to White Plains. He established the Art Monk Scholarship Fund, which awards a $1,000 scholarship to a football player. In the 1980s, he played a role in preserving the Loucks Games, a major East Coast high school track meet. Monk also helped raise money for construction of Loucks Stadium, the school’s main outdoor athletic facility.

“I have a lot of good memories about growing up in White Plains and I haven’t been there for about three years now, so it will be good to be back, especially for such a good cause,” Monk said. “I know the Youth Bureau does a lot of good work for kids in the city.”

Also being honored at the gala are Madge Carter-Anderson, George Avenaut and Danny Bernstein, along with various Youth Bureau business partners.
A standout, all-county sprinter during her days at White Plains High School, Carter-Anderson received a four-year scholarship to USC, where she earned degrees in political science and marketing. She founded the White Plains Future Stars track team in 1998 with help from her husband, Anthony Anderson, and Frank Williams, executive director of the Youth Bureau. She was elected president of Metropolitan United States Track & Field in 2004. She works as a product manager at Franco Apparel in New York City.

Avenaut retired from the Youth Bureau in 2013 after a 39-year career working with young people. His main focus was on building connections with the city’s Hispanic community, working with parents to encourage non-high school graduates to obtain their GED diplomas and supporting others in their efforts to finish high school and go on to college. He also worked with New York City officials to obtain funding for the Runaway Youth Act and was instrumental in the founding of El Centro Hispano in White Plains.

A native of Roslyn, Long Island, Bernstein is executive director of Backyard Sports Cares, a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 to provide high quality sports and recreation programs to at-risk children and those with special needs. Backyard Sports serves more than 2,500 children in White Plains, Port Chester, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Yonkers and the Bronx.Chester, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Yonkers and the Bronx.

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