Sports - NBA referee makes the right call for Still Hope Foundation

NBA Referee Tony Brothers

Keith Cephus

NBA RefereeNBA referee Tony Brothers makes the right call both on and off the court. On the court, the 19-year veteran reached the pinnacle of his career, being selected as a NBA Finals Official, and officiated Game 2 between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder. He was selected from a competitive pool of 61 refs to join an elite class of 12 to work the game with the league’s best superstars, such as Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durante, Russell Westbrook and Chris Bosh. 

Off the court, Tony and his lovely wife Monica continued to make the right call by founding The Still Hope Foundation. Established in 2008, The Still Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization giving  education, mentorship and counsel to single mothers. 

“Our goal is to get single mothers beyond self sustaining and give them an opportunity to succeed,” explains Brothers, who handles the fundraising aspect of the organization. 

The Still Hope Foundation is a one-year program which provides coaching and mentoring for mothers enrolled in the program.  

“The first two months between the coach and mother is the trust-building phase,” said Monica, who has partnered with the YWCA on Colley Avenue to provide assistance, in addition to TCC campuses in Hampton Roads. 

“Our coaches are required to contact each mom once a week personally or by email just to touch bases and build relationships to help moms with the every day stresses on being a mother.”  

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Monica also stressed the importance of setting obtainable short and long-term goals.  

Inspired by both of their mothers, Tony and Monica developed the “Dorian Award,” which represents the embodiment of motherhood.  This year’s recipient for the Dorian award is Natalie Hawkins, mother of two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas—for making the ultimate sacrifice of sending Gabby to a host family in Iowa while still maintaining the household here in Virginia Beach.  

This year’s Still Hope Celebrity Weekend Extravaganza Gala will kick off on the 14th of September at 7 p.m. at the Westin in Town Center. The night will be filled with fun, casino games and mingling with the celebrities. Tony and Monica will also take a moment to recognize the Still Hope Foundation sponsors for their generosity in giving single mothers tools for success. 

The Hope Gala will take place on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., featuring comedian Sinbad.  Each year, this event features national celebrities, exciting prizes and prominent local and national officials.   Sinbad will perform his comedy and will be followed by local band talent Rajazz. The grand prize this year will be a stunning new Nissan Versa. 

On Sunday, September 16th, the Hope Celebrity Golf Classic presented by WebTeks allows golfers to play beside some of their favorite sports figures. This year, the list includes sports legends such as Moses Malone, Doc Rivers, Calvin Murphy, Bruce Smith, Bob Dandridge, Byron Scott, Sam Cassell, Jeff Van Gundy, Paul Pressey, Paul Silas, Haywood Workman, and many more. This shotgun start, four-person team, Florida best ball format is limited to 36 teams and is a way for clients and friends to have a morning of golf and simultaneously raise money for Still Hope Foundation. Registration and breakfast begins at 8 a.m., with the Shotgun Start at 9 a.m., followed by lunch and awards from 2– 3 p.m.