Madison Square Garden, New York City
November 12th, 2023
The New York Knicks and HUB International proudly celebrate Dre Popow, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, as the esteemed recipient of this years: Sweetwater Clifton “City Spirit” Award.
Paying tribute to Basketball Hall-of-Famer Nat Sweetwater Clifton, the Knicks’ first African American player, acknowledges those who have significantly impacted the lives of others. In honor of Popow’s outstanding contributions, the Knicks and HUB International generously donated $10,000 to Veterans Rebuilding Life.
Christian Zamora, the co-founder and Managing Director of Veterans Rebuilding Life, graciously accepted the award on behalf of Dre Popow at Madison Square Garden. The ceremony, held on Sunday, November 12th, featured the presentation by Knicks alumnus John Wallace, Queens Councilman Robert Holden, and U.S. Marine Veteran Jason White, a Senior Claims Consultant at HUB International.
Kevin Bradley, HUB’s Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community, expressed enthusiasm in recognizing the 2024 ‘City Spirit’ Award recipient. He highlighted Dre’s pivotal role in supporting the communities Veterans Rebuilding Life is established and operates from. Bradley emphasized the inspirational leadership and unwavering commitment demonstrated by individuals like Dre, citing his passion for fostering opportunities and addressing humanitarian challenges.
Dre Popow, serving as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Queens-based organization Veterans Rebuilding Life, enlisted in the Marines following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 in his home, New York City. He served in combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan before receiving an honorable discharge.
Veterans Rebuilding Life was established in 2011 for veterans, by veterans. The nonprofit organization offers a three-phase program encompassing Health (mentorship and mediation), Security (education and employment), and Purpose (volunteer service). Their mission centers on extending humanitarian aid to veterans and victims of war and disaster.