April 16, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Seton Hall basketball great Jerry Walker will be honored by America's Grow-a-Row (AGAR) at the non-profit organization's Farm to Fork event on Saturday, May 10 at Life Camp in Pottersville, N.J. Walker will be recognized for his work with the Team Walker Foundation which creates positive alternatives for youth of Jersey City through programs designed to enlighten participants and teach the importance of academics, teamwork, and sportsmanship. AGAR works with Team Walker in offering opportunities to local youth to learn about the importance of agriculture and healthy eating.
Farm to Fork is a fundraising event benefitting AGAR that features local food artisans, a farm fresh dinner and fine auctions. Proceeds will help AGAR reach their goal of donating over one million pounds of farm-fresh food to various hunger relief agencies in New Jersey, as well as educate people about hunger, the importance of agriculture, and healthy eating. Congressman Leonard Lance will serve as the keynote speaker and will present the flag that was flown over the United States Capital in honor of America's Grow-a-Row.
America's Grow-a-Row's aspires to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce. AGAR donates its fresh fruits and vegetables to those suffering from hunger and those living in "food deserts", or areas that lack access to affordable produce throughout New Jersey.
Team Walker was founded in 1996 by Jersey City natives Jerry and Jasper Walker who aspired to offer children after school programs that provide safe and constructive alternatives to the negative influences that plague inner city youth. Since its inception, Team Walker has provided a structured academic and recreational environment creating opportunities for children to focus on developing skills such as teamwork, responsibility, persistence and unity. Team Walker has served as a partner to America's Grow-a-Row assisting in feeding those in need within Jersey City.
Inducted into the Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004, Walker helped lead the Pirates to a pair of BIG EAST championships and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1991-1993). The three-time All-BIG EAST selection scored 1,075 points and grabbed 630 rebounds at The Hall, and he ranks fourth in program history with a career 53.0 field goal shooting percentage. Walker was the 1993 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year.
The Seton Hall Athletic Department has also built a strong bond with America’s Grow-a-Row, which has served as an integral part of The H.A.L.L. (Helping Athletes Learn to be Leaders) Program’s community enrichment efforts. In each of the last two years, over 50 Seton Hall student-athletes have volunteered their time to collect produce that was delivered to food banks in towns such as Newark, Paterson and Jersey City. A total of nearly 60,000 pounds of produce was collected by the Pirates. For its effort, the Seton Hall Athletic Department was honored at last year’s Farm to Fork event.