A PROFILE OF ROCK NEWMAN


Jet Magazine once dubbed Rock Newman a "RENAISSANCE MAN"

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.

Rock returned 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.

Rock entered 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 transition team.

Rock was named as Co-Chairman of Mayor Anthony Williams' transition team a few years later.

Rock instituted 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.

Rock founded 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.

Rock organized 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 years.

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 internationally.

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.

Rock states 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...

 

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