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Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Nicola Lawler
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Talladega, Alabama—Last week, Talladega College’s president, Dr. Billy C. Hawkins attended the 2012 UNCF Gala in New York, NY. There in the Big Apple and one of the world’s most populous metropolitan areas, a great man was honored for his meritorious work with children in his hometown and current working state.

Two-time Super Bowl Champion and New York Giants All-Pro Defensive End, Justin Tuck was honored along with his wife Lauran for their philanthropic work to help eradicate illiteracy in children in Alabama, New York and New Jersey. A Kellyton, Alabama native, Justin and his wife, established the Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy for children in 2008. The acronym stands for Read, Understand, Succeed, and Hope. Through their program, the Tucks have raised over $1 million and donated more than 17,000 books for almost 42,000 children in New York and Alabama.

Tuck graduated from Central Coosa County High School and established himself as the Fighting Irish’s Most Valuable Player in 2004 at Notre Dame along with garnering several defensive records. In the last two Super Bowls, Tuck’s efforts with important sacks, tackles and a safety helped propel his team to their back-to-back zenith wins.

The star-studded affair featured leaders and executives from Fortune 500 companies, educators, advocates, athletes and entertainers. Grammy-nominated artist, Ledisi and the Tuskegee Golden Voices Choir provided entertainment for the guests and they also enjoyed comedic host, Bill Bellamy.

Dr. Hawkins remarks, “It was an honor to be in the presence of a small-town Alabama young man that’s doing great things to give back to the community that helped raise him and the community which recognizes him. Mr. Tuck is certainly a stellar example of a hero that youth in America can appreciate and admire.”

The proceeds from the event will be directed at aiding students at UNCF member institutions. Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than three billion dollars and helped more than 600,000 students to secure a college education. Each year in addition to supporting its member institutions and students, UNCF awards 10,000 scholarships for minority and low income students to pursue a quality education.

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The history of Talladega College began on November 20, 1865, when two former slaves William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama.

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