Jason Caffey became a basketball legend at Mobile’s Davidson High School. Now he hopes to transform the notoriety that almost consumed him into a positive light.
Caffey has joined with a licensed therapist to write a book about puberty for young boys titled “Richard and the Boyz: The Puberty Experience.” The retired NBA player and former first-round draft pick out of the University of Alabama said the book is an attempt to correct poor decisions he made in his life.
After winning two NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls in the mid-1990s, Caffey admits his life began to spiral downward as he was overwhelmed by the responsibility of supporting 10 children with eight different women. He said his desire for love motivated him to father children, which only added to his depression and anxiety. Along the way he was forced to deal with bankruptcy and assault charges.
“I was looking for love from others, when I should have been focused on self-love and self-understanding,” Caffey told the media. He joined licensed marriage and family therapist Nadine Pierre-Louis, Ph.D., to write “Richard and the Boyz: The Puberty Experience.”
The book appeared on Amazon as the No. 1 new release in Children’s Health and Maturing Books. Steve Kerr, Caffey’s former Bulls teammate and current Golden State Warriors head coach, provided the foreword.
“I am pleased and excited to see Jason channel his experience for a positive outcome,” Kerr wrote. “I am impressed with his openness in sharing his life experience to help address the misinformation perpetuated by the locker-room style communication common among males.”
Caffey believes the book will help young men come to terms with coming of age in a world where it is sometimes hard to find answers to questions about manhood and sexuality, along with physical and mental health.
Caffey, a former Golden State Warrior, partnered with the San Francisco Junior Deputy Program of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department to host a youth basketball skills camp in July. The event was for foster children and children of incarcerated parents as part of its youth mentorship initiative. Caffey worked with the children on their basketball skills and discussed how he overcame life’s challenges.
“I have overcome so many obstacles to reach this point in my life. I had to fight to maintain a career so that I could have enough resources to support and maintain positive relationships with my children,” said Caffey, who speaks to youth throughout the United States. “I am a changed man and that change only came through maturity and by accepting responsibilities for my actions.”
The 88-page book is written for boys ages 9 to 12. It is told through conversations between Preeb, 9, Pube, 12, and Dr. Richard using colorful, anatomically correct illustrations by Andre D. Burke. The book, published by Doc N Jock LLC, was released on June 21.
A native of Mobile, Caffey was the Gatorade Player of the Year and Alabama’s Mr. Basketball at Davidson in 1991 after averaging 20 points and 13 rebounds as a senior. The 6-foot-8 forward played four years for the Crimson Tide. He is now a member of the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame.
For more information on the book or for speaking engagements, visit docnjock.com or contact Kirsten J. Barnes at email@example.com or 706-593-0414.
* Former University of South Alabama (USA) student-athletes Alexandria Stiteler and Gavin Patterson were both selected as Sun Belt Conference Postgraduate Award winners and will each receive a $3,000 graduate school scholarship. Stiteler (women’s tennis), who received her undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in geology with a 3.63 grade point average, has been accepted into St. John’s University Law School in New York. Patterson (football) received his undergraduate degree in exercise science while posting a 3.98 cumulative GPA. He is set to pursue a doctorate degree in physical therapy at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Illinois.
* The Spring Hill College men’s and women’s tennis programs have both earned national recognition from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) as 2019 All-Academic Teams. Additionally, the Badgers had athletes named to the prestigious ITA Scholar Athlete roster. For the women, Madison Atrigues, Brenda Carrada, Rebecca Pearlman and Mary Grace Sullivan each achieved the minimum 3.5 GPA for the individual honor. On the men’s side, Ferdinand Amanor (a Murphy High graduate), Ulf Grosseloh, Chris Mines, Cedric Nitz, Ricardo Pena, Kurt Shiell and Til Behrendt earned the recognition as well.
* The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced the 2018 – 2019 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field academic honors. A total of 74 teams in the NAIA were honored by the USTFCCCA. Included is the University of Mobile women’s team, which posted a 3.01 cumulative GPA. Additionally, Angel Peterson, now a junior majoring in marine science, was also honored individually for having a GPA more than 3.25.
* USA men’s basketball’s Herb McGee has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Honor Court. This recognizes juniors or seniors with at least a 3.2 GPA. Last year, McGee ranked fifth on the team in scoring with a career-high 10.0 points per game, and ranked 10th in the Sun Belt Conference in assist/turnover ratio (1.3) and 13th in assists (3.1 per game).
* Hannah Godfrey, a decorated former member of the USA soccer program, has been named one of two nominees from the Sun Belt Conference for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Woman of the Year award. The list will get narrowed down to a top three from each division and the winner will be announced Oct. 30 in Indianapolis.
Godfrey earned all-Sun Belt recognition three times, was the conference’s 2017 defensive player of the year and was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams. A three-time member of the Sun Belt Commissioner’s List, Godfrey worked extensively in the Mobile community, volunteering at the Special Olympics, Penelope House, Ronald McDonald House and USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, among others, while also serving as a coach at local soccer clinics.
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