PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28, 2014 — State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, local officials and more vendors have signed up to make the senator’s “Ultimate Back 2 School Basketball Challenge” a huge success when the tournament tips off at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Kingsessing Recreation Center, Philadelphia.
Although the hoops tournament will crown a winner at 3:30 p.m., Sen. Williams’ event is happening to collect much-needed school supplies for area students.
All attendees and players have been asked to donate a notebook, backpack, pencils or other school supplies. The winning basketball team will then donate all of the collected school supplies from the tournament to their selected school.
Approximately 20 vendors will be offering food and resource information. Shirtcitizens is donating all of the team t-shirts. The first 50 students will also receive a coupon for a free hair cut from “Barbers Who Care” (17 … Days of Fashion, Kenny Duncan, Andis & Villa). Villa’s coupon is for haircuts between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Aug. 31, at its 4 S. 52nd St. location.
The basketball challenge is in collaboration with The Philly Commission and locally elected officials. Evelyn Sample-Oates, deputy chief of family and community engagement, will attend to represent the School District of Philadelphia, along with all invited principals and leadership of participating schools.
Alisha Jackson and The Beautification Project will provide free beverages and DJ RudeBoi will bring the music.
The basketball challenge’s schedule:
9:30 a.m. – Team registration
10 a.m. – Ceremonial tip-offs with Sen. Williams, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, DA Seth Williams and Rep. Ron Waters
11 a.m. – 2nd part of Round 1 with tip-offs by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Rep. Jordan Harris and Rep. James Roebuck
Noon – Quarterfinals begin
1 p.m. – Check presentation from food vendor donations to JayHawks Youth Association, Kingsessing Basketball Youth Camp (hosting the tournament) followed by start of semi-finals
2:15 p.m. – School supply presentation to the participating schools’ principals
2:45 p.m. – Championship game tip-off
3:30 p.m. – School supplies awarded to the tournament champion and school.
Bartram High School
Frankford High School
Hardy Williams Mastery Charter
King High School
Miracle Temple Christian Academy
Penn Wood Middle
Rep. Jordan Harris
Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams
Rep. Ron Waters
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson/Peace Not Guns
Rasheen Crews/The Foundation for a Better Society
Bouncy on Wheels
Rep. James Roebuck
Kings Rule Together
Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell
Anton Moore/Unity in the Community
Nehemiah Davis/Nehemiah Davis Foundation
Tyrique Glasgow/Young Chances Foundation
DA Seth Williams
Don Cave/Barber Money Team (BMT)
Media coverage is invited.
WHAT: Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams’ “Ultimate Back 2 School Basketball Challenge”
WHO: Sen. Anthony Williams, locally elected officials
WHEN: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30. Tip-off at 10 a.m. Champion feted at 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Kingsessing Recreation Center, 4901 Kingsessing Ave., Philly
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