When Hispanic Business Magazine named Carmelo Anthony as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics, he wasn't the only one who was shocked. So were a ton of his fans who never even knew the superstar forward was half Puerto Rican! Anthony was honored and flattered to be on the list, especially since most people don’t recognize his Latino heritage. Although the two time NBA All Star was born and raised in the United States, he bears a tattoo of the Puerto Rican flag as a reminder of his fathers heritage. Carmelo plans on visiting Puerto Rico this summer to learn more about his culture and reconnect with his roots.
Anthony should not have been so surprised by the honor. He has definitely made an impact not only as a successful athlete, but also as a philanthropist and an up-and-coming entrepreneur. Since joining the NBA he created the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center, donated $1.5 million to the Living Classrooms Foundation and received an honor for donating over $4 million to other charities in 2006. He’s quite the businessman as well, recently releasing a signature sneaker, the Jordan Melo, and producing the documentary film, Tyson which debuted to a standing ovation at the Cannes film festival. With his promising basketball career, generous heart, and ambitious business goals (he's producing another documentary about fellow Puerto Rican athlete, baseball star Roberto Clemente), there’s no telling what this Boricua powerhouse will do next!