Amar'e Stoudemire is writing a new series of books called STAT (Standing Tall and Talented). Stat is a nickname that was given to Amare for all the numbers that he put up during games, but it’s now become a book about his life as well. The book will be part of a long series that will be released every other month through “Scholastic.”
Stoudemire is committed to turning kids, especially boys, into readers. “I am excited to create my book series with Scholastic,” said Amar’e Stoudemire. “They are the best in the business so I trust them with my stories. I decided to write for children because although I am an avid reader now, I wish I had read more as a child. I hope that together with Scholastic, we can creatively inspire a new generation to read.”
Charles Barkley once said that he wasn’t a role model for anyone, but whether Charles knew it or not, it wasn’t an option that he could disown. The only option for today’s athletes is whether they want to be a good role model or a bad role model. Stoudemire has decided to use the platform that he’s been given to help promote reading, a skill set that is greatly needed in a visual age.