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.


Represented schools:

Alcorn School

Anderson School

Bartram High School

Bryant School

Childs School

Comegys School

Frankford High School

Hardy Williams Mastery Charter

Harrington School

King High School

Lea School

McDaniel School

MCS Charter

Miracle Temple Christian Academy

Overbrook Elementary

Penn Wood Middle



Rep. Jordan Harris

Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams

Mont Brown/ARF

Rep. Ron Waters

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson/Peace Not Guns

Rasheen Crews/The Foundation for a Better Society

Isaiah Thomas

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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