At The Point w/ Greg Gamble: Buff City Hoops 4th Annual Basketball Tournament

For the 4th year in a row, Buff City Hoops has taken place in the city of Buffalo.

This year, over 50 teams participated both boys and girls ranging from ages 8-21 at Masten Park in Buffalo, New York. Founder and Senior Advisor, Legislator Betty Jean Grant led the charge this year along with Volunteer Vice President Jocelyn O’Steen and Commissioner Cecelie Owens.

Betty Jean Grant was elated at the outcome of this year’s event as she stated, “I want to thank the community for coming out today. I want to thank God for supporting this. This is such a wonderful event. You see all the children here! 4 years fight free! 4 years argument free! 4 years of love, fellowship, interaction, communication and networking.”

Buff City Hoops mission is to provide structural and organized basketball, as a recreational outlet for young athletes in a safe, competitive, and good-natured atmosphere. The aim is to promote education and violence prevention while developing positive life skills for the advancement of our collective community, one neighborhood at a time.

On Saturday, August 11, 2018 Six Champions were crowned, as there were six different brackets. Boy’s ages 8-10, 11-13, 14-16 and 17-21 as well as Girl’s ages 11-13 and 17-21. The atmosphere was electric as over 400 people filled the park in attendance between participants and spectators.

Referee’s had their work cut out for them as they refereed over 60 games from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm all on a volunteer basis. At the end of the day, it was well worth it as each participant, even those who walked away without claiming the ultimate victory for the day, had smiles on their faces knowing that they participated in something good for their community. In addition to there being basketball games all day, Buff City Hoops provided a guest speaker in Buffalo State Men’s Basketball All-Time Leading Scorer, Jake Simmons. Buff City Hoops also provided free water and Gatorade throughout the entirety of the event as well fresh bananas and apples.

“I just want to thank the community. Next year please donate. We buy the jerseys, the food, and we pay the entrance fee. They don’t have to do anything except show up and have a good time!

We look forward to Buff City Hoops year 5!” says Betty Jean Grant.

At The Point Columnist Greg Gamble

So do we!

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