Cuttino Rashawn Mobley

Expertise:

Cuttino Rashawn Mobley is a retired American basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association for over a decade. Also known as the “Cat”, Cuttino was born in the west side of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia was a place that showed him life’s complexities-the chaos of crime coexisting with the beauties of success. Cuttino was raised by a single Mother, but also had the richness of having 4 parents who helped shape him. Seeing his father struggle to read pushed him to be educated. He was intrigued by learning as much as he could. He wasn’t the best reader or student, but he graduated with a double major in psychology and communications—majors he chose because he not only wanted to understand people, but he wanted to effectively engage with them as well.  

 In 1998 he was drafted into the Houston Rockets Organization. Cuttino went on to play 11 seasons in the NBA. In 1999, Cuttino Started the Philly Pride basketball program whose mission is to keep inner city children off the streets. He also continues to advocate for giving kids a chance at life and pursuing their talents. Cuttino emphasizes the importance of education in everyday life and conversation. Cuttino does all of this because at his most fundamental level he is a teacher. “I was born with a talent, an awareness. This knowledge is not for me to hold. It’s for me to give out”  

Basketball, Cat says, is a metaphor of life. Basketball is imperfect, just like life. So, if you think you’re going to walk around perfect, that’s not how this works. It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to doubt yourself, to be sad. It’s not okay to stay like that. 

In 2017, Cuttino returned to basketball as a player for the Power in the Big3. He returned to basketball because he wanted to play. He returned to basketball because he wanted his kids to see hard work. He returned because he wanted to feel the camaraderie—the therapy that comes through sacredness of a fraternity he’d never really left. In 2018, as team co-captain, he helped lead the Power to a championship. 

Cuttino emphasizes the importance of education in everyday life and conversation. Now a Father of 3, Cat is enthralled in being a Father first. So much so, he now hosts “Dad’s Point of View. ”The show focuses on all things Fatherhood, all things Family, and bringing back a healthy family dynamic.  

“I was born with a talent, an awareness. This knowledge is not for me to hold. It’s for me to give out.” -Cuttino Mobley