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Memphis basketball legends play for Youth Villages this weekend

August 20, 2010

Several local basketball legends will compete in the Youth Villages Classics basketball tournament Friday and on the weekend to help raise funds for Youth Villages. Youth Villages children, basketball fans and players are invited to watch the games. Admission is free.

Among the players are University of Memphis legend Penny Hardaway’s TAD All Stars, which also include former Tiger and NBA players Andre Turner and Cedric Henderson; U of M fan favorite Leon Mitchell; and Fred Smith with the Harlem Globetrotters. Former Tiger and Globetrotter Keiron Shine will compete with his Lakers team. Former Raleigh-Egypt and UAB star Lawrence Kinnard is playing with his fellow Cordova USA teammates, and Galen Young, who played at UNCC and for the Milwaukee Bucks, will play with the Bolivar Warriors.

The games begin Friday at 6 p.m. in the gym at the Youth Villages Bartlett Campus School at 7341 Memphis-Arlington Road, and continue all day Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. with the championship bracket games starting at 9 a.m. Sunday. The tournament final is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday.

UPDATE: Penny Hardaway, L.A. Lakers star Andre Turner, and Cedric Henderson, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and other NBA teams, were among the players who made the recent YV Classic fundraiser a truly classic tournament, helping raise $1,500 for Youth Villages.

“It’s a great benefit for Youth Villages,” said Darnell Austin, a program manager on our Bartlett Campus and a former basketball player who spent some time playing the sport in Argentina. “The players had a great time and so did we, and the campus kids who came to watch the game.”

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One Comment leave one →
  1. October 28, 2010 3:33 am

    The players had a great time and so did we, and the campus kids who came to watch the game.

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