Lowery Packs New Brunswick for Charity Game

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The "Lowery Loves the Kids" charity basketball game tipped off successfully Saturday night with a packed gym full of football standouts. Lowery, who played linebacker for Rutgers under Greg Schiano, discussed year three of his charity game and the return of many Scarlet Knights to New Brunswick.

Former Rutgers linebacker Antonio Lowery learned plenty during his time with the Scarlet Knights. One of the best lessons from coach Greg Schiano came in the form of giving back to his community.

Now three years out of college, Lowery is all in when it comes to community service, most recently via a charity basketball game at New Brunswick (N.J.) High School.

Lowery sold out the New Brunswick gym for “Lowery Loves the Kids Presents New Brunswick Celebrity Basketball Game.” The money raised goes toward keeping at-risk teens out of trouble.

“I’m really excited about it this year,” Lowery said. “We’ve gotten it better each year, and that’s a great thing. Everything I do now is working with kids, helping kids. It was right to do this. It’s not about the money. It’s not about fame. It’s about the kids, so that’s the main thing.

“When I first started, it was just something I wanted to try to do, and now it’s a lot more. Let’s keep it rolling.”

Lowery is a proud Miami (Fla.) native, but happy to give back to his college town as well.

“I played football up here and got great support,” Lowery said. “I work here now. I work with the kids and see how these kids are in the community. It was right to do it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to have one in Miami too eventually, but right now I’m happy to help where I can.”

Lowery works for Youth Advocacy Programs in New Brunswick. He offered the New Brunswick fans in attendance, including a large group of New Jersey special Olympians, a star-studded night.

Lowery’s charity team included himself and nearly a dozen former Rutgers starters.

“It’s amazing,” Lowery said. “You have no idea how much it means to me. I couldn’t even finish my sentence when asking for help. They just come up. Hey Eric [LeGrand], can you come to my event? Before I can finish, it’s a yes.”

Rutgers and New Jersey fans also enjoyed multiple Super Bowl champs in the house, including Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon.

“I don’t know how many charities can say that,” Lowery said. “We’ve got some star power.”

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