Harlem, New York, Rucker Park: I get a warm fuzzy feeling inside when I think about summertime basketball at the park. Memories flood my mind, right now I’m seeing when I’m out in Thailand playing ball with the crew and DJ FelliFel. I can feel the warmth on my skin, hear the ball bouncing, and hear the clang as it swooshes through the metal net. The most iconic park in streetball history is the 70 plus-year-old Rucker Park in Harlem. Legends have come through to showcase their skills at a cultural Mecca, Wilt Chamberlin, Doc J, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant have all stepped on the legendary court.
Years of sun damage and winter storms have beaten the park up over the years. Newer parks/courts around the city are more visually appealing but fans of the sport don’t come out in droves to see dudes play on a pretty court. It would be dope to see the Rucker get revamped now thanks to the NBA that’s going to become a reality. As you can see from the pictures above the park definitely needs some work.
The NBA players association is looking to help bring the park back up to date. They are willing to fund up to $360,000 for the renovations. Which will include a new scoreboard, park gates, bleachers, benches, high-quality backboards, and hoops, plus a brand new court surface. Construction is expected to last at least 10 weeks starting August 16 and run through October.
“At a very young age I learned to appreciate how the Rucker is essentially holy ground. You can’t talk about New York Basketball without talking about the Rucker.”
– Michele Roberts Executive Director of the Players Union
Highlights & The History Of Rucker Park
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SHOWBOAT RESORT AND CONVENTION HOTEL HOSTS 2021 BLACK EXCELLENCE FESTIVAL
The Event, Presented by Brooklyn Media Publishing, Will Take Place on June 18th and 19th
Atlantic City, NJ (May xx, 2021) – Showboat Resort and Convention Hotel, located on the iconic boardwalk in Atlantic City, will host this summer’s Black Excellence Festival, presented by Brooklyn Media Publishing, on June 18th and 19th. In light of the COVID 19 global pandemic, Brooklyn Media Publishing, a leading and 100% Black-owned media, marketing and music company dedicated to the Afro-America communities, has shifted its focus from two separate events, “Women of Color” and “Men of Color” expos, and will merge into a new mega event, the BE Festival 2021, in a celebration of black excellence among both men and women in the African American Community.
By uniting the two expos, the BE Festival will continue to have a positive impact on Black America by providing tools, information, and resources to navigate and address critical issues within the community. The festival will highlight and provide opportunities to exclusively showcase the African Americanculture. Attendees can expect two unforgettable days of educational seminars, workshops, and panel discussions, as well as shopping and entertainment. This will truly be a weekend of “Black Excellence.”
The BE Festival Will take place during the culturally historic Juneteenth Weekend and Black Music Month. While many states acknowledge Juneteenth, in 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy took steps to declare it a state holiday.
The BE Festival is “the” new cultural event to attend and the weekend will be rounded off by a film festival and international food festival.
Unity is needed in our country more than ever and that unity starts with us. The BE Festival is about uniting our community to educate, elevate and entertain ourselves. Standing as a united front is where Black Excellence begins.
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