On Friday, July 26th the Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) will suspend their summer tournament for one weekend to host the Trayvon Martin Invitational in memory of the slain Florida teen. In conjunction with Vibe Magazine and NYC radio station Hot 97, the tournament will host New York’s elite streetball teams (within the tri-state area), top NBA players and celebrities who will come together at the legendary Rucker Park. There will be 2 games every night at 6pm & 8pm with the winning teams of each game advancing toward the Invitational Championship game which takes place on Monday, July 29 at 8pm. Bringing young and old together, the EBC in conjunction with activist Kevin Powell will host community leaders at the park to speak to the Harlem fans and attendees.
CEO and founder of EBC, Greg Marius states “This is an extremely difficult time for many people, I can not begin to express my sympathy with Trayvon Martin’s family but only show my support by joining together as a community to make a difference. If we do not make a stand for all the injustices now, who will?”
“BK Nation and I are deeply honored to support EBC Rucker Park and its Trayvon Martin Invitational Basketball Tournament. As a long-time political activist I know how critical it is for us to bring critical social issues to our communities,” states Kevin Powel, president of BK Nation. “Few institutions bring together community the way the Entertainers Basketball Classic does. It will be both a memorial to Trayvon and an opportunity to educate young people about issues like violence, racial profiling, and so much more.”
The Entertainers Basketball Classic has decided to take a stand by bringing the people of Harlem, the entire city and the basketball community together. They are offering a peaceful and positive place for all attendees to enjoy nightly entertainment as we all reflect on this tragedy. All proceeds from the tournament will go to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
“Every kid that plays Streetball is a part of the Streetball Family and they are our Trayvon. It is our job to protect them from any and all transgressions,” states Chris Latimer, EBC Organizer. “Basketball isn’t only a way out of the inner city, it is a way in to the development of our young people for us that truly mentor!”
Trayvon Martin Invitational Tournament Schedule & Teams
Friday, July 26: 6pm & 8pm
Saturday, July 27: 6pm & 8pm
Sunday, July 28: 6pm & 8pm
Monday, July 29: Championship Game 8pm
Bingo All-Stars (Bronx)
Team 914 (Westchester)
Taking No Prisoners (Queens)
Sean Bell All-Stars (Queens)
Skull Gang (Harlem)
Please log on to www.ebcruckerpark.com for more information and follow the EBC on twitter and instagram at ebcruckerpark.
article by Jonathan Hailey via theurbandaily.com