As a kid growing up in a tough working-class area of Brooklyn, Chris Rock hung out at the Bushwick Salvation Army Community Center. “I played there after school. I played pool and basketball. I got beat up there a couple of times and I learned to fight there too,” the comedian said.
Last year, thanks to the efforts of Rock’s wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, and her org, “The Angel Rock Project,” the star’s old playground opened its doors to a newly renovated center, serving up such programs as after school supervision, day care and hot meals to at-risk youth.
“It is the icing on the cake that I am able to work with young children who attend the same center where my husband, Chris, went as a child,” says Compton-Rock. “However, I must say I am excited to expand the program to include youth from the Brownsville and Salvation Army Bedford-Stuyvesant Centers as well.”
The foundation’s various humanitarian programs include “Journey for Change,” a global exchange program for Brooklyn’s youth; South Africa Programs, which conducts educational projects in Johannesburg and Soweto; as well as such projects as Child Abuse Awareness, Hurricane Katrina Relief and Triple Negative Breast Cancer.