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Four-time NBA champ, John Salley, to lobby Congress
By Christina Wilkie - 11/16/09
Former NBA champion and reality-TV star John Salley will visit Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby for more vegetarian options in school lunches.
Salley is scheduled to meet with Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) and Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.).For Salley, the trip represents the latest step in a culinary journey that began at his mother's kosher catering business in Long Island, N.Y. 'I've always cared about food, about how it's prepared,' Salley told ITK, 'but now that I understand the science behind vegan and macrobiotic living, this is really my passion.
The father of three girls, Salley became a vegan on his wedding
anniversary, July 30, 2008, which was also the birthday of one of his
daughters. 'These are the important events in my life, and I needed to break
through to another level of health.'
The former Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons player does the cooking in
his house, and his love of healthy food led him last year to launch a vegan
and organic food company, John Salley Foods. 'I make a mean [vegan] Pad
Thai,' he laughed, 'and Tuscan portobello mushroom caps with truffle oil,
and my guacamole is amazing!'
But his best recipe is for vegan pizza, which he shared with ITK. Secrets
include baking the crust with vegan butter first and adding Agave cactus
juice to the sauce for sweetness and quick absorption. 'I made it for my
family last night and they lost their minds!' he laughs.
'I'd call myself the black green giant, always moving more toward being
greener,' Salley said, although he admits that he still wears leather shoes.
The three foods Salley can't do without? Avocados, coconut oil and Celtic
Salley's goal on Wednesday is to convince lawmakers to include more
vegetarian and vegan options in public school lunches, part of the Child
Nutrition Act, which is up for reauthorization this fall in Congress.
If you're hankering for an autograph, Salley will also hold an open
briefing in Rayburn B339/B340 at 10:30 a.m. that will feature free food
samples and a chance to get a basketball signed by Salley.
Check out this uplifting and inspiring video on why people choose vegan: http://veganvideo.org/