Tag Archives: Tiki Barber

Former NY Giant Tiki Barber Delivers Commencement Address

While former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber never attended Ramapo College of New Jersey, he was thrilled to be the school’s keynote speaker for their 2019 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony.

This address at the Prudential Center on May 17 was a first for Barber, but he was determined to make his first attempt successful for every undergraduate, their families, and Ramapo.

Barber’s anecdote about his teammate Greg Comella training in frigid temperatures at Ramapo Mountain State Forest illustrated his hard work throughout the years in order to be as successful as he currently is. Instead of choosing to stop and quit during their workout, Barber continued on the trail and knew that adapting to adversity would make him a better player.

“Whenever I think of Ramapo, I think of my start to becoming the athlete that I ultimately became.” Along with the Jersey shout-out, Barber emphasized how important it is to finish tasks no matter what you are doing in life and what setbacks occur along the journey of life.

 On his latest Instagram post, Barber congratulated all of the graduates on earning their degrees while also giving praise to Ramapo College. “And thank you President Mercer and the Board of Trustees for allowing me to be a part of such a fantastic morning,” said Barber.

For a first time keynote address, it is easy to say that Barber’s speech made a touchdown in the hearts of Ramapo College graduates.

PitCCh In Foundation

PitCCh In Foundation Celebrity Softball Game

New York athletes across all sports recently came together for a celebrity softball game at Yankees Stadium to support Bergen County power couple Amber and CC Sabathia‘s Pitcch In Foundation. 

This foundation enriches the lives of inner city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities. It is located in the New York Tri-state area and also Northern California.

The jam-packed rosters featured over 70 A-list names, including: Victor Cruz, Mariano Rivera, Action Bronson, Sharlee Jeter, Tiki Barber among others. Hollywood power couple Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez also popped in to say hello from the Yankees’ dugout!

Furthermore CC, a 2009 New York Yankees World Series Champion, discussed how the event was a dream come true. In fact, he said, “I always told [my wife] Amber that I’ve wanted to do a rockin’ softball game, but I never thought it would turn out like this.”

 #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino spoke to some of the game’s participants on the pregame red carpet. This included: current Bronx Bomber Didi Gregorius; Yankees legend Jorge Posada and his wife, Laura; retired stars Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran (New York Yankees). In addition, she spoke to Willie Colon (New York Jets); Chris Canty (New York Giants); Charles Oakley and Amar’e Stoudemire (New York Knicks).  Finally, she spoke with the man of the hour himself, CC Sabathia. Mitchell Modell of Modell’s Sporting Goods and Ralph Scamardella of Tao Group were among the supporters.

Watch the video, and learn how you can support the Pitcch In Foundation by visiting Pitcch.org.