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Ben's Coming Home!
Greetings!

Ben's  on his way home to give back to the community he loves so much. He wants to spend the entire week doing something that makes a difference. Throughout the week Ben will be busy with a number of activities, Make some time to join him somewhere along the way. Ben enjoys coming home and is excited about the week's activities.
  
See you sometime during the week!
  
Monday, August 19 - Day 1

  

Press Conference on the steps of City Hall at 10:30am. 

 

Mayor Ernest D. Davis and other city officials will join Ben in opening  the city and Ben's community unity events.

 

Tuesday, August 20 - Day 2 

  

Ben Gordon Skills Academy Invitational.

 

This intensive one day boot camp is designed for the basketball player who has the potential to make it on the high school and  college circuit. Attendance is by Invitation Only.  

 

Wednesday, August 21 - Day 3 

   

BGW Cmmunity Service Day

 

The day will be jam packed with community service at the Public Library, Hooperstown, the Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA to name a few. Ben will be traveling around the city reading to children, shooting a few hoops and helping with projects.

 

Thursday, August 22 - Day 4 

    

BGW  Talent Search

City Hall Plaza, 7pm - 8:30pm

 

Everyone knows that Mount Vernon is full of talent. Today the young people get a chance to compete for prizes in front of a celebrity panel. Ben's sister Ingrid and her committee held auditions back in July. Now those selected get the chance to see who has what it takes to take home the top prize.

 

Friday, August 23 - Day 5

     

BG Summer Breeze Gospel Concert

Gospel Showdown/Pastors in Song

City Hall Plaza, 6pm - 9pm

 

The Gordon
family is spiritually rooted and enjoys nothing more than getting together in praise. Ben and his family will be sitting front and center when some of the city's pastors get together with their choirs in the first Summer Breeze Gospel Showdown to hit the Plaza. This is sure to be a foot stompingg, tamborene shaking concert.  Concert goers should get there early because seats will go fast. As a matter of fact, bring your own!  

 

 

Saturday, August 24 - Day 6

      

Community Unity Day Events

@ Hartley Park

unless otherwise noted

Gramatan & Lincoln Avenues

  

7:30 am                  BG Walkathon

  

Meet Ben at the Ben Gordon New Life Playground on South 8th Avenue between Sandford & 7th Street for a stretch before taking a healthy walk across town to Hartley Park. Participants should register in advance. Children wanting to walk should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 

9am - 12pm             Youth Basketball Clinic

 

Ben Gordon teaches youth the basic fundamentals of basketball. This crash course with the city's NBA star will be a memory your child will never forget. Participants will receive a free tee shirt. Registration  is a must. 

 

11am - 12:30pm       Game Outside of the Game

 

It's great to be on the court but there are many career options off of the court. This career symposium offers youth an opportunity to explore the types of jobs that exist in sports that are as important as actually playing. With the help of the National Basketball Development League's Dr. Janice Hillard, Director of Player Programs, Ben gets a chance to help youth see that the action and payoff isn't all on the court.

 

12pm - 6 pm              Community Fair

 

Everybody's coming together to celebrate and enjoy Ben's homecoming. There'll be music, health information and screenings, games and activities for the children, free giveaways and of course vendors. Bring the family out for some laughs and an all around wholesome good time.  

 

3pm - 4pm                  Autographs at the Gazebo

 

Line up and have your item ready for Ben's autograph.

 

4:30pm                      MVHS Men's Game @ Hartley

 

Mount Vernon High School basketballers take to the court to display their skills before the start of the new school year. The community gets a chance to size up the talent before Mount Vernon's powerhouse team officially hits the high school circuit.

 

7pm                          Ben Gordon Streetball All Star Game

                                 Mount Vernon High School Gym

 

Rutgers Park comes to Mount Vernon! Streetball - trash talk, informal rules and showboating are all a part of this game. Hard core playground ball at its best and Ben has assembled teams that will put on a showcase. The talent, yes talent, includes:

 

From the East - Aaron "the Problem" Williams, Kirk Williams, Geoff McDermott, Dexter Grey, Kevin Jones, Jabarie Hinds, Chris Lowe, Jason Stamper, Jomo Belfor

 

From the West - Mike Glover, Deshawn Mitchell, Curtis Kelly, Giovanni McLean, Dave "Super Dave" Seagers, Jarrid Famous, Nick Murphy, Rah-Rah Jenkins, Mike Wilson "Mousey," Chris Gaston 

 

 

Will it be East or West that gets BGW bragging rights? Come out and see for yourself.

  

Ben Gordon Week Jointly Sponsored by
The City of Mount Vernon & Ben Gordon
Ernest D. Davis, Mayor
  
For Sponsorship, Vendor and Other
Opportunities, please contact Ben Gordon Week
Planning  Committee @ 914-665-2420
Applications also available online @ www.cmvny.com