Doctors have a special obligation to help those in need, and they take that obligation seriously. But a few — like Dr. Theodore A. Atlas — went above and beyond the calling. Dr. Atlas cared for those who could not afford treatment, often visiting the sick and the poor in their homes.
This is why he remains in our hearts. And this is why his son — noted boxing trainer and commentator Teddy Atlas — set up a foundation in his name. The Doctor Theodore A. Atlas Foundation aims to help society’s less fortunate, and do it with dignity. The Foundation runs youth education centers across New York City to reach at-risk youth. It hands out turkeys at Thanksgiving and gifts at Christmas to help families enjoy the holidays. The organization helps support families weighed down by crushing medical bills. Wherever it finds a need, the Foundation lends a helping hand.
But the money to help has to come from somewhere.
The annual “Teddy” dinner — a gathering of supporters and A-list celebrities — is the Foundation’s main source of revenue. This year’s event was held Thursday, November 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, New York. Special guests included former Major League player and manager Bobby Valentine, tennis great John McEnroe and NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, among many others.
CBS Sports Radio’s own Jacob Wilkins attended, microphone in hand. Here are his conversations with a few of the night’s many distinguished guests.
Foundation founder and boxing trainer and commentator
Tennis great, winner of seven Grand Slam titles
Former Major League player and manager