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.