BALTIMORE (WJZ) —  Baltimore’s own Carmelo Anthony will make his debut for the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Jessica Kartalija reports on his impact in the Baltimore community.

Baltimore’s own basketball star Carmelo Anthony is making headlines again after signing a three-year, $65 million contract with the New York Knicks. But it’s Anthony’s contributions to the children of Baltimore City that really make him a superstar.

“He donates stuff to people that doesn’t have anything, like homeless kids and homeless people,” said Cedric Walker, fourth-grader.

Anthony grew up on Myrtle Avenue in West Baltimore and makes it a priority to pour his good fortune back into the city.

He opened the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center in 2006.

“Him opening up the center meant more than just the center opening, but him opening up his heart,” said Valencia Warnock, who works at the center.  “We’ve been appreciative of that.”

“He wants people to learn how to cooperate with each other,” said Shatia Foreman, fifth-grader.

Foreman is in the after-school program.

“We do homework. They help us and then we do character development,” she said.

They learn “how to be respectful and not to bad things and do more good things,” said Tavon Mitchell, fourth-grader.

Anthony donated more than $1.5 million to Baltimore City’s Living Classrooms Foundation, hosts Melo’s H.O.O.D. Movement Three-on-Three Challenge and provides more than 40 Thanksgiving dinners to needy families.

“If I can make one kid smile, I’m making a million kids smile,” Anthony said. “That’s my motto.”

“He makes me smile because . . . everything that he did for the children and kids to make them happy,” said Cedric.

Everyday more than 200 kids come to the after-school program at the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center.

To celebrate his debut in New York, the Carnegie Deli has created a sandwich in his name. The Carmelo is made with corned beef, pastrami, salami and bacon. It costs $21.95.

Comments (10)
  1. What? says:

    After making a cameo appearance in the Stop Snitchin video, I have no respect for this fool no matter how much money he pumps into Baltimore.

    1. BmoreSkin says:

      So basically you don’t believe that a person can identify bad decisions and grow from that? I’m not saying that Carmelo is perfect, but I do think we need to be a little more gracious.

      1. Hi? says:

        Sometimes people change but some people do not. Carmelo reason for change or lack there of……PR moves based on his lawyer telling him to keep a low profile. Not saying this could be the reason for his new behaviors but it is possible.

  2. ravenmaniac881 says:

    What said it best. Give to the city in order to restore what is left of your integrity. Too bad your integrity is not worth restoring. go to NY Carmelo. I am sure you can star in a stop snitching video there…..and I bet that they pay you triple what you made here.

  3. D. Bos. says:

    @What, why are you talking! Carmelo is the Epitome of Sucess. He showed the inner city and the world that you can make it, no matter who you are.. Carmelo, WAY TO GO!

  4. Common Sense says:

    Young adults make mistakes, and it is unfortunate that young black males who grow up in blighted neighborhoods and grow friendships with those who did not make it out, make a single mistake of communicating with past friends all the while continuing to help those in need, cannot make a mistake. Judge when you have been placed in a similar situation, enviornment and oppressive society. I applaud anyone no matter the color or culture making an attempt to give something decent back to the youth.

  5. derrickman says:

    He’s a racist bum who has left Baltimore in the rear view mirror folks.

  6. shawn b says:

    yeh carmelo do that give back i wish all the other so called athlethes gave back

  7. derrickman says:

    Just another millionaire nigga who could care less about the kids in his neighborhood.

    1. Just Saying says:

      Are you sure Carmelo is the racist?

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