April 17, 2016
On April 9, ACHIEVEability hosted Food for Thought at Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard. The event, attended by 600 supporters, including Mayor Kenney, celebrated the organization's 35 years of breaking the generational cycle of poverty. The crowd enjoyed drinks, dancing, and sampling dishes from more than 25 local restaurants. ACHIEVEability is a member of the Mission First Housing Group, a nonprofit organization that assists low-income, single-parent, and homeless Philadelphia families to become self-sufficient.
January 11, 2016
Marcus Allen, 43, leads the Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, but when the former pro basketball player applied to be a "Big," and mentor a youngster, his own group turned him down. "I'm the CEO. I sign the checks," Allen said. "They said, 'Well, Marcus, I hate to deliver this news, but you can't be a Big right now.' " It turns out the staff decided that his recent divorce and full plate of duties at the group made him too busy for the job. "They were not sure that I would have the time, given all the things that I was doing," he said.
November 2, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State's defense got a break from dual-threat quarterbacks on Saturday. The previous two weeks, the unit faced the elusiveness of Ohio State's J.T. Barrett and Maryland's Perry Hills. Going up against Wes Lunt - a pro-style, drop-back quarterback - the Nittany Lions defense changed its game plan, and the secondary shined as Illinois relied heavily on the passing game in Penn State's 39-0 win. "I think a lot of people want to talk about our D-line. They're doing a great job. They did have a lot of sacks today, but I think . . . we showed how well our secondary can play," sophomore linebacker Jason Cabinda said.
January 20, 2014 |
Marcus Allen is looking for a few good men. To be honest, he is looking for a lot of good men, black men like himself, to be mentors and role models, to make a difference in the lives of boys without them. "We need more men of color. Our community needs to see us get involved," said Allen, the first black man to lead Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania in its century of service. The organization, which mentors almost 3,000 children in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester Counties, has a waiting list of more than 1,100 hopeful "Littles," the overwhelming majority black and biracial boys, yet black men represent only 15 percent of volunteers.
May 14, 2013
THE NEW head of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania knew that his only shot at escaping abject poverty in rural Georgia was to go to college. But the biggest goal anyone around Marcus Allen had growing up was to graduate from high school and maybe get a factory job. When he'd bring up his dream of continuing his education, relatives and friends would laugh and say, "Boy, you're not going to college. We don't go to college. " It might have ended there, if not for Allen's mentors - a couple of old-school, God-fearing Southern gentlemen willing to step in for the father that Allen never knew.
May 11, 2013 |
Penn State picked up its eighth verbal commitment to the freshman Class of 2014 on Friday when Marcus Allen, a safety from Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., accepted the Nittany Lions' scholarship offer, several recruiting websites reported. With Allen's commitment, the Nittany Lions are now more than halfway to their 2014 scholarship limit of 15 as mandated by last July's NCAA sanctions. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Allen, who is ranked four stars by Scout and 247 Sports and three stars by Rivals, is the first safety to accept an offer for next year from coach Bill O'Brien.
April 3, 2013 |
AFTER a national search, Southeastern Pennsylvania's Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter has settled on one of its own to take over as chief executive officer. Marcus Allen, a Temple graduate and former CEO of Philadelphia-based nonprofit ACHIEVEability, will take the helm from interim CEO W. Wilson Goode Sr., the organization announced Monday. Allen's former home, ACHIEVEability, helped encourage self-reliance among underprivileged and impoverished families by providing education, housing and service programs.
January 26, 2003 |
Running back Marcus Allen heads a list of five players who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Allen, who played for 16 years in the NFL with the Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, finished sixth on the all-time rushing list with 12,243 yards and caught 587 passes for 5,411 more. He was the most valuable player of Super Bowl XVIII. The four others selected were Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram, Buffalo Bills guard Joe DeLamielleure, Houston Oilers defensive end Elvin Bethea, and Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Lofton.
January 22, 2003 |
In his Eagles days, Charlie Garner was not a leading candidate for a long career and eventual elder-statesman status. Still, there he was at Qualcomm Stadium, chatting with reporters as the Oakland Raiders prepared to play Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl. Garner, who spent four tumultuous seasons with the Eagles, is now in his ninth NFL season. He still has that maddening speed. Now he has the dedication to detail that makes his talent even more dangerous. "I grew up," Garner said.