Brian Leonard better watch out because former Rutgers linebacker Antonio Lowery wants to give him a run for his money in the charity department. In yet another example of former Rutgers players giving back to the local community, Lowery is one of the harbingers behind a charity event set for Friday night in New Brunswick.
Lowery is not done pushing for an opportunity in the NFL after starting at Rutgers and graduating in 2011, but he is using his time between jobs wisely. Working part-time in New Brunswick, the Miami, Fla., native created a celebrity basketball game featuring an impressive list of Rutgers products and NFL stars.
“Brian’s is a little more established than mine,” Lowery joked when asked if they would compete. “This is my first one, but we shall see.”
The event takes place Friday at 7 p.m. at New Brunswick High School and features NFL standouts Leonard, Mohamed Sanu, Tiquan Underwood, Jeremy Zuttah, Jamaal Westerman and Devin McCourty.
Other Rutgers products set to attend include former safety Ron Girault, long snapper Andrew DiPaula, cornerback Brandon Bing, receiver Pat Brown, linebacker Kevin Malast and star of the AND-1 Mixtape Tour Waliyy Dixon.
“The support was amazing,” Lowery said. “I didn’t have to say anything to these guys. I just said, ‘hey I need you at a basketall game for a charity.’ There were no questions asked, just ‘yes’ from everybody. Let’s do it. It’s the best feeling ever.”.
The Rutgers all-stars are set for games against the Special Olympics, Firefighters of New Brunswick, New Brunswick teachers and the “New Brunswick All-Stars.” All proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation and New Brunswick Teen Center.
“We have the teen center here to keep kids off the streets,” Lowery said. “We have a program here, which helps young kids to stay off the streets and out of jail. It’s a youth advocate program.
“The thing I’m trying to do is have a charity for domestic violence, but since I’ve been working here I noticed the importance. If it wasn’t for football, I wasn’t going to be able to pay for college. The Rotary Foundation, that’s big because they help kids get to school. Football isn’t for everybody and where we come from, we don’t always have that luxury of being able to pay for college.”
Donations and tickets can be purchased at the event or beforehand at the Teen Center. Information and tickets are also available by calling 732-745-5125.