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Capitol City Hoop Classic is changing paradigm






Ron Bailey, Publisher

The way tourney's operate could be changing.


May 3, 2013 - In the world of travel team youth basketball participating in a tournament generally calls for standard procedures, including registration, roster submission, and cash provision. Basically, teams sign up and pay the tourney organizer to compete. If anything flows back towards the team and its coaches outside of the opportunity to compete and be exposed (which they paid for), tee shirts and trophies fit the bill.

The Capitol City Hoop Classic (CCHC) is altering that dynamic.

“We’re changing the paradigm” said Mel ‘Preach’ George, the CCHC’s organizer and a talented marketing professional, “Which is focused on giving back to the community and youngsters”.

Effectuating that return, according to George is a “life skills component - conflict management and financial literacy”. The latter, a priority, is being provided by George’s friend and business partner, former Georgetown guard Mark Tillmon’s organization Shooting Straight, an outfit with proven bonafides in teaching young people about finances, from the foundation up.

That kind of information is priceless in and of itself, but CCHC goes further; every boy participating will get a pair of New Balance 990 running shoes. Additionally two coach’s shirts per team are also being provided. Partnerships with Sportszone Elite, Safeway and Novad Consulting make the CCHC and all it offers possible.

Interested? Forty slots current exist, across the 3rd through 9th grade, boy’s competition spectrum. A $350 entry fee is requested by all participating teams, with three games guaranteed in pool play, while the top two teams in each pool are afforded playoff opportunities.

To register and for more information regarding the Capitol City Hoop Classic, which will be held May 25th through 27th and is based at Annapolis’ Truxton Park/Pip Moyer, Recreation Center, see http://capitolcityhoopclassic-eac2.eventbrite.com/# .

It’s a great model George is following, but he’s quick to assign its genesis to someone very close to him.

“We want to put on valuable events our people can afford, that people from the DMV can afford” said George. “It’s an extension of Dad”.

That would be Arnold ‘Tank’ George, who recently passed away. Tank George was central in the formation of D.C.’s former icon summer hoops event, the Urban Coalition.

“It was him and his best friend that started it and ran it for 25 years” said Mel George. “His vision was to use the informal education platform for student athletes to gain educational opportunities. This is an extension of his vision”.

It is indeed. For those interested in sharing and benefiting from it, the Capitol City Hoops Classic stands as an opportunity to do so.

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