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Faith, Integrity, Sacrifice, Leadership and Legacy

An up close and personal look at the life and work of Allan Houston

NBA legend Allan Houston and his wife Tamara have built a life in Greenwich with their seven children for the last 25 years. In that time, they have developed strong legacies and a winning commitment to helping others through the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, which is focused on family, economic empowerment, education and spiritual growth. A man of faith and strong family values, Allan lives his life with the determination to apply his success as a professional athlete to help others. More recently, Allan has partnered with MIKU Sushi. During the month of June, 100% of proceeds from a special menu will benefit FISLL, Allan's youth empowerment non-profit, and promote the organization's initiatives.

Allan’s relationship with Christ has been instrumental in his philanthropic work. It’s given him a navigation system where he doesn’t have to worry about what other people think. Allan states “in a world where people can be very critical and try to diminish your value, centering my life around Christ has been invaluable. Believing in a higher power has given me peace and a positive model to follow”. 

Since its creation in 2001, the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation (AHLF) has served thousands of participants across the country through programs that promote youth mentoring, responsible fatherhood, and entrepreneurship. In addition, he has served as a spokesperson for the National Fatherhood Initiative, an international ambassador for the NBA, and an analyst for ESPN. 

Allan is best known for his years as shooting guard for the New York Knicks, (1996 – 2005). Touted as one of the “purest shooters” in the NBA, Allan finished his career as one of the NBA’s all-time greatest long-range shooters (#11 in three pointers made) and one of the all-time leading scorers in Knicks history (#2 in three pointers, #4 in total points, and #8 in scoring average). Allan is a two-time NBA All-Star, and in his last healthy season (2002-03) finished as the 10th leading scorer in the league. But for all his accomplishments he is especially proud of being named one of the “Good Guys in Sports” four times by The Sporting News, and helping Team USA bring home the gold medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics games in Sydney, Australia. 

Allan’s dedication to helping others is demonstrated through the exciting work of AHLF. Foundation programs include “Father Knows Best” Basketball Retreats; the Allan Houston Business Education and Development Program, and his newest program, the Allan Houston Mentoring Initiative (AHMI), launched in 2016. AHLF has used a leadership and relationship development system, FISLL, created by Allan and his family to power its programs. 

FISLL is a life learning, development, and coaching platform that teaches and actuates 5 essential values of Faith, Integrity, Sacrifice, Leadership, & Legacy as the transformational Fundamentals of Life. FISLL’s mission is to engage, equip and inspire leaders with these values by combining digital and experiential learning that incorporate training in the 3 dimensions of mind, body and spirit. FISLL is being used by individuals, corporations, schools, community and sports programs, to great acclaim. 

In recognition of his committed work to improve the lives of youth, Allan was named “Father of the Year” by the National Fatherhood Initiative in 2007; “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” by Tulane University in 2008, and received the President’s Council on Service and Civic Engagement Award from the Obama Administration in 2011. In 2015, Houston was honored by the Tennessee State Legislature for his Foundation’s extraordinary work in the community. 

"Being a winner in life takes commitment," Houston said. "My dad taught me fundamentals and five principles for life. Faith, Integrity, Sacrifice, Leadership and Legacy. That's a formula for success in life."