What is the LGB50 3×3 Charity Classic?
I am, and always have been a hoopaholic. Ever since I started playing at 13 in School at Moat Community College in Leicester, I’ve lived and played Basketball. My first Local league mens team was Manulife back in 1985. I was in the esteemed company of Carl Olsson, Graham Painter, Winston Gordon, Chris Hunt, Wyngrove Powell, the big bear himself, the unforgettable Pete Walker…etc.etc and they taught me well. Over the years I’ve played for various teams- Manulife, Leicester County, Protect Force, Aylestone, Babington, Warriors, Gateway, Leicester Falcons, Market Harborough, Groby, oooh many many happy games and a few painful ones too. Especially when I think back on the kits we used to wear.
Playing every day at the old Granby Halls, sometimes with Kenny, Lonnie and Clive or (quite often) Roller Skating on the mornings they didn’t make it in.
During these years I have made many good friends, lots of whom have moved on to pastures new, some still playing, others taking up different roles such as Refereeing or table officiating but quite a few have decided to hang up their boots. I too took a break for a couple of years, but I got fat and thought better of it, and it’s in my blood, so I had to return.
“With all the money raised going to some well deserving, local Leicester charities”
I’ve now been playing Basketball for 35 years and I thought it was about time I gave something back to the sport I love and the Leicester Community that has been my home since I was 10 years old.
I couldn’t be a Referee, I have nothing but admiration and respect for every single one, it is not something I could cope with (mostly because the game would never end, I just can’t help it, I would call EVERYTHING!!!) and I would probably get in to too many arguments. So I decided I would celebrate my 50th Birthday in the best way I could think of – by organising a Basketball Tournament for Charity.
So here I am, organising and preparing for what I hope will be a fantastic summer day of 3×3 Basketball madness, with all the money raised going to some well deserving, local Leicester charities.
So now you know what and why, get yourselves involved, help me raise heaps of cash for charity, and if you play get yourself a team together and get Registered.
I’m still very much playing my heart out. Down the Arena as often as I can, taking part in the Midlands Masters, GB Masters and Galway Masters (which we won, yeh Hilroy – Drew). This year as a small present to myself, I’m off to the Venice Masters, well I’m only 50 once, gotta make the most of it 😉
I look forward to seeing on court.
If you would like to add a charity to this list then please get in touch
If you would like to contribute to the Charity Tournament, please make Donations here.