Paul Savramis is the founder of Rising Stars Inc., a New York–based sports outreach that helps young people develop life skills through playing basketball and the power of teams. Here he discusses a significant addition to his team, Tyrone Green.
Q: Paul Savramis, please tell us about this new addition to your leadership staff.
Paul Savramis: I’m proud to welcome my lifetime friend Tyrone Green to the Rising Stars Youth Foundation as NYC Community Initiatives Director. Tyrone Green has been by my side running community sports clinics for more than 20 years.
Q: Is Tyrone a native New Yorker?
Paul Savramis: Tyrone was raised in the housing projects in Astoria, Queens. Like me, he has personally experienced the odds stacked against inner-city kids and has spent his life trying to broaden their opportunities. I met Tyrone over 30 years ago working with kids at a PAL youth center in Jamaica, Queens, where I was raised.
Q: So you share a common upbringing. How has that shaped both of your philosophies on life?
Paul Savramis: Tyrone’s business card reads, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and his guiding principle is the same as mine: “Education is the key to unlocking a child’s potential.” Tyrone has been a part of every community initiative we have done with Rising Stars since 1996, and he’s spearheaded new programs in tough neighborhoods around the city. He’s a real humanitarian and one of NYC’s best resources in keeping young people in school and off drugs.
Q: Has he been recognized for his achievements?
Paul Savramis: In 2010 Tyrone was presented with New York City’s prestigious Lewis Hine Award, which recognizes the person who has made a lifetime commitment to the encouragement and development of youth. Coach Green has worked with us at Rising Stars camps and helped in the development of many NBA stars over the years. His most recent protégé is Joakim Noah who lived with the Greens when he was 15 years old through H.S. Joakim was a college all American and won back to back championships for the University of Florida. He is also a NBA all-star. Tyrone’s life’s goal is to give every young person an equal chance to succeed.