PROFILE OF ROCK NEWMAN
Jet Magazine once dubbed Rock Newman a "RENAISSANCE
They may have
been referring to the following:
Rock was Captain
of his Howard University Baseball team for 3 years, where he was
selected as an All-American. He graduated and then was enshrined
into the Inaugural Class of the Sports Hall of Fame as one of the
most outstanding athletes in Howard University history.
Rock had a
3 year stint as a very successful salesman.
to Howard University as a counselor and was recognized as one of
the most outstanding contributors to college life after 5 highly
rewarding and successful years.
Rock had one
of the top rated radio talk shows in the Washington DC metropolitan
area where he interviewed people from all walks of life.
the world of boxing and was involved the careers of several champions,
including guiding Riddick Bowe to the undisputed Heavyweight Championship
of the World. In November of 1992, Rock negotiated the largest compensation
package for an athlete in sports history. Securing a deal with HBO/Time
Warner and Caesars World that exceeded $100 million dollars in potential
revenue for Bowe.
Rock while seeming
to have his hands full in the sports world was singled out and applauded
for his efforts, in the unlikely return to the Mayors office of
the once politically disgraced Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry.
Upon his astounding victory, Barry named Rock to head his Mayoral
Rock was named
as Co-Chairman of Mayor Anthony Williams' transition team a few
the nation's first Funds for Guns program and on Martin Luther King
day in 1993 paid in excess of $300,000.00; taking in more than 3000
guns from the streets of the Nations Capitol. Washington, DC celebrated
their native son; proclaiming ROCK NEWMAN DAY in his honor.
and instituted the wildly successful and much imitated "Rock for
the Vote" campaign where his creative efforts helped register thousands
of DC residents.
Rock was an
early trailblazer in the fight against apartheid in South Africa.
He was subsequently recognized and honored as he shared a very special
private dinner with Nelson Mandela.
an international relief effort during the famine in Somalia and
led the personal delivery of more than $1,000,000.00 (One Million
dollars) worth of food and medical supplies to the Somalian refugees.
A few days later Rock was at the Vatican in Rome where he was greeted
by Pope John Paul II.
Rock was a
dear friend and proud supporter of Malcolm X's widow Betty Shabazz.
Rock was selected
as a speaker at the historic Million Man March.
Rock has been
part-owner of the Syracuse Crunch Professional Hockey team for 12
Rock was very
instrumental in the negotiations for NBA first round draft picks
Chris Wilcox (LA Clippers) Juan Dixon ( Washington Wizards) and
Steve Francis (Orlando Magic). Francis recently signed a multimillion
dollar endorsement agreement with Reebok and a 6 year $90 million
Guaranteed NBA contract.
Rock was profiled
by Mike Wallace for 60 Minutes. He has been a guest on The Today
Show, Larry King Live, O'Reilly Report, Imus in the Morning, Crossfire,
Both sides with Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., The Tavis Smiley Show,
and numerous other TV and Radio shows as well as having been featured
in nearly every Newspaper and Magazine of any note nationally and
Rock has been
married to his Dreamgirl and Sweetheart Demetria for 22 years and
is dad to two, Kevin and Tandi. And grandpa to Sabrina and Mia his
other two Dreamgirls.
that his greatest accomplishment was sharing the help, support and
love that prompted his beloved 90-year old MOM to whisper to her
last attending nurse, "Rock has made me the happiest woman in the
world" Rock spoke to his Mom at least once a day for the last 15
years of her life regardless of his world travels.
Rock seeks mightily
to do GODS work and to know GOD better everyday...