YOUR VOICE, YOUR STORY: Amar'e Stoudemire

About This Episode

Amar’e Stoudemire rose out of a complicated childhood to become one of the most dominating power forwards in professional basketball. Though he didn't start playing basketball until his early teens, he realized his skill and athleticism could elevate his family to a better life. Due to his determination and drive, Stoudemire graduated high school and was a first round pick in the 2002 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. In 2003, he was voted Rookie of the Year and helped Phoenix get to the playoffs in five out of his eight seasons there. Stoudemire achieved free agency in 2010 and signed with the New York Knicks for a five year contract worth $99.7 million. He's broken franchise performance records for both teams and was voted onto the NBA All-Star team six times.

Stoudemire has written a series of children's books, made guest appearances in television and film, founded a youth outreach program and held the title of one of the NBA’s best dressed—all while raising three children. Amar’e’s positive outlook is the impetus behind his journey through the adversity of his childhood into his current position as a renowned athlete, role model, and superstar.