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John Starks Plays Pool for a Good Cause

John Starks attends billiards tournament to raise money for Justin Tuck’s R.U.S.H for Literacy Photo Credit: Alexis Williams/What's The 411 Networks John Starks attends billiards tournament to raise money for Justin Tuck’s R.U.S.H for Literacy

Former New York Knicks’ John Starks attends celebrity billiard's tournament to benefit Justin Tuck’s R.U.S.H for Literacy

Former New York Knicks guard John Starks helped out a fellow athlete on one of the hottest days of the year so far in New York City when he attended Justin Tuck's Celebrity Billiard's Tournament.

Starks weathered the heat and took a moment to speak with What’s The 411’s Crystal Lynn about why he’s supporting Justin Tuck’s R.U.S.H for Literacy.

New York Giants' Justin Tuck hosted his annual Tuck's Celebrity Billiard's Tournament presented by RXR, a leading New York Tri-State real estate operating company, on Thursday, May 30 at Slate NYC.

The event has been a popular fundraiser in Manhattan for the past four years. More than 35 celebrities were expected to take part in a single elimination 8 ball tournament, emceed by well-known actor Anthony Anderson, in which the winner will receive the Grand Prize Luxury Package that will benefit Tuck's R.U.S.H for Literacy and the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.

Tuck, a Defensive End for the New York Giants, started his R.U.S.H for Literacy (Read. Understand. Succeed. Hope.) charity in 2008 in hopes of providing children with the necessary resources to improve their reading skills. Thus far, 10,000 students in the Tri-State and Central Alabama communities have received new books and other materials.

The Tucks have donated over 55,000 books and raised over $1.5 million dollars since the charity's inception. They have also supported other non-profit organization by donating over $150,000 in grants. This year $25,000 of the Celebrity Billiards' net proceeds will be going to the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund as well.

In addition to John Starks, other celebrities that What’s The 411 caught up with at Justin Tuck's Celebrity Billiard's Tournament included: included: Justin Tuck; Vivica A. Fox; Jason Kidd; Anthony Anderson; Meeka Claxton, wife of Craig “Speedy” Claxton and former star of VH1's Basketball Wives; Jeanette "Black Widow" Lee; and Jared Fogle (better known as Jared the subway guy).