HOSANA Sporting Club will play host to their old rivals Streetball UK, with the added attraction of teams representing both Midnight Madness and Bucknell Essential Skills. The weekend of basketball will take place at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Saturday 29 July with the semi finals match ups, followed by the final and Lady Baller All Star game on Sunday 30 July.
The Battle of the Boards games will feature three men from the English Commonwealth Games team that won a Bronze Medal. Robert Reed will play for HOSANA Sporting Club, whilst Germayne Forbes and Julius Joseph will both play for Midnight Madness, who will start as the favourites. In the Lady Baller All Star Game, both the present and future will be featured. Rosalee Mason won a Bronze Commonwealth Medal in Melbourne and future stars from the Great Britain U20 ladies team; Jenny Leedham, Johannah Leedham, Angelina Browne and Helen Naylor will represent the North team.
Summer of Basketball Event Director Roger Hosannah is excited about this year’s events, “We have modified the structure this year in recognition of our 10th Anniversary celebrations. When these summer basketball competitions began in the mid-nineties, they were dismissed as a streetball fad, without foundation. However, it has been proven that basketball in the community is central to the future of the sport in this country. The successful 2012 London Olympic bid has put basketball high on the government’s agenda, because it plays such an important role in a number of ways. All the teams that will participate in Battle of the Boards, are from organisations that will be key to the identification of English basketball talent and its development in the near future. They represent the different communities from across the country and all of them are laden with talent. It is therefore important for them all to be recognised in our anniversary celebrations.”
The 10th Anniversary Battle of the Boards Tourney is in partnership with Operation Trident. Trident is the initiative set up in 1998 by the Metropolitan Police Service in partnership with London’s black community to tackle gun crime across London, with a particular focus on six key boroughs. HOSANA and Trident have been working in partnership to support the prominent basketball programmes that are active in these areas and across London.
Head of Operation Trident, Detective Chief Superintendent John Coles said:
“Trident is committed to supporting initiatives and events that divert youths away from the potential of being involved in gun crime, and the Summer of Basketball is an excellent way to achieve this”.
Hosannah continued, “HOSANA Basketball activities develop positive values, team work and self-esteem. We are proud to play a role in helping to tackle some of the underlying issues that can lead young people to become involved in gun crime. Basketball provides so many positive role models and reflects the culture and lifestyle that many young people aspire to. Competitions like Battle of the Boards promote this and I have no doubt that this will be the one of the best events that we have been associated with.
In addition to the top quality hoops, music will be spun as usual by Big Ted (Kiss 100), with Fat Freddie M and Funky Town (from the world famous Harlem Globetrotters UK Tour) on the microphone. The action on Saturday 29 July begins at 18.00 and Sunday 30 July at 16.00. The ticket prices are £4 and £2 for children under 12. A discounted weekend ticket will also be available for purchase on the door. Additional information on the HOSANA Summer of Basketball, including the Saab 10 competition, is available at www.hosana.co.uk.
To find out more about Trident, please visit www.stoptheguns.org