Allan Houston is two-time NBA All-Star, Olympic Gold Medalist and Philanthropist. As a man of faith and strong family values, Allan Houston lives his life with a determination to utilize his success as a professional athlete to help others while continuing to grow a variety of philanthropic and entrepreneurial interests.
Before his retirement in the Fall of 2005, Allan was touted as one of the “purest shooters” in the NBA, finishing his career as one of the NBA’s all-time greatest long-range shooters and one of the all-time leading scorers in New York Knicks history. Allan was a two-time NBA All-Star, and in his last healthy season (2002-03) finished as the 10th leading scorer in the league. But for all his accomplishments he is especially proud of being named one of The Sporting News “Good Guys in Sports” and helping Team USA bring home the gold medal in men’s basketball at the 2000 Summer Olympics games in Sydney, Australia.
In 2008, Allan was hired by the New York Knicks as assistant to the president for basketball operations. In December 2010, he was promoted to the position of assistant general manager. Houston currently serves as Vice President, Player Leadership & Development.
In 2003, Allan founded FISLL, a social impact brand providing leadership training, legacy development and consumer products. FISLL exists to engage, equip and inspire people to Live Better, Perform Better, and Lead Better. FISLL actuates five essential values of Faith, Integrity, Sacrifice, Leadership, & Legacy as language to promote a healthy mind, body and spirit.
Allan’s dedication to helping others is demonstrated through the exciting work of his foundation. Initially organized as a charitable fund, the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation (AHLF) started in 2001 with a substantial donation to families affected by the 9/11 tragedy. From 2001 to 2006, AHLF funded and executed a variety of programs independently and in conjunction with various partners, such as the “Father Knows Best” Basketball Retreat, a weekend event that combines high-powered basketball with meaningful life-skills for fathers/mentors and their sons/mentees. Today, AHLF is a multi-dimensional organization created to work with any individual, program, business, or institution that serves the community. AHLF manages The FISLL Project (TFP) which serves as its signature social impact arm. The FISLL Project focuses on Youth Voice and Leadership cultivation, combining the model of leadership teaching and restorative behavioral science with mentorship, character development, media content, events, and programming.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Allan graduated from the University of Tennessee.
He and his wife Tamara Johnson Houston reside in Greenwich, CT and have seven children.