Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal, former New York Knicks star Patrick Ewing and New York-based Charles Oakley and Tiki Barber are among the sports stars backing the Mayoral City candidate New York, Ray McGuire.
McGuire, a 64-year-old former Citigroup executive at Harvard, is also the stepfather of Orlando Magic point guard Cole Anthony, son of former Knicks point guard and regular NBA analyst Greg Anthony.
Knicks owner Jim Dolan – who is embroiled in a lengthy controversy with Oakley – has also donated $ 5,100 to the Democratic candidate but has not officially backed McGuire.
“I am proud to have support that reflects the full diversity of New York City,” McGuire wrote in an email. “Leading the biggest return in New York City history will depend – and truly, want – to bring together people who do not always agree. ”
On March 8, O’Neal, Ewing, Oakley and Barber will be among many sports and entertainment stars involved in significant fundraising in support of McGuire’s candidacy.
Knicks fan and filmmaker Spike Lee made the voice for McGuire’s opening launch video, and has also increased the $ 5,100 campaign grant.
Other sports and entertainment stars who support McGuire include: Willie Colon; My Bamba and Cole Anthony of the Magic; Laurie Tisch, owner of the Giants; and Rich Kleiman, Kevin Durant’s partner in 35 Ventures.
Several New York City AAU powerhouses are also supporting his bid, including PSA Cardinals Terrance director “Munch” Williams, New Heights founder Mark Patricof and Rio Team leader Brian Klatsky. New York high school basketball coaches Joe Arbitello and Joe Lods are also part of a long list of fans.
McGuire’s “Sports For Ray” Campaign is promoting the “McGuire Comeuire Plan” which claims to create 500,000 jobs in New York City.
“The McGuire Comeback Plan is an innovative plan that will breathe new life into New York, make our economy more inclusive, nurture small businesses, and create a future that our children can be proud of. making the right investments now, ”according to a press release. .
“With Ray McGuire in Town Hall we will deliver 500,000 new jobs that go to New Yorkers daily, creating an environment where the local property bar where you can celebrate the Yankees or Mets with new neighbors can it’s old age to thrive. ”
McGuire also plans to educate New York City youth about sports-related issues through school-based programs.
“Most children have a passion that keeps them connected and invested in their education,” McGuire said by email.
“For some, it’s fun, for others it’s art, for some it’s music, etc. I’m going to take a creepy approach to our schools, and that includes supporting programs that engage and engage children. the career opportunities in areas such as sport and athletics. That means securing funding for school – based programs, but it also means reducing my relationships with the private and non – profit sectors and better connecting students with opportunities to outside the school building and the school day. ”
As for his NBA accusations, McGuire is a longtime Knicks fan even though he was born in Dayton, Ohio. But he is a staunch supporter of his son Cole and the Magic.
So who does it root for when the teams play together?
“Come on, man!” he said. “I’m proud to rock the blue and the orange, but Cole is my son and I always root for him first.”