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2016 – New York Ave Classic Schedule – Week #2

2016 – New York Ave Classic Schedule – Week #2

Here is the schedule for Week 2 – 6/25/16

16th Annual Metroball NY Ave Schedule Week-2

City Slam Returns to the Metroball New York Ave Classic

City Slam Returns to the Metroball New York Ave Classic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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7-ELEVEN CITY SLAM PRESENTED BY BRISK
RETURNS TO THE METROBALL NEW YORK AVENUE CLASSIC IN
WASHINGTON D.C. – 6/18/16

Washington Redskins DeSean Jackson and Josh Norman Will Appear as Celebrity Judges

Washington D.C. – 7-Eleven City Slam presented by Brisk is back for 2016, and is bringing the world’s best professional dunkers to the Metroball New York Ave. Classic at the New York Ave Playground in Washington D.C. on June 18 from 2-4 p.m. EST for the second stop of the three-city slam dunk event.  “We are excited to bring 7-Eleven City Slam presented by Brisk back to the iconic courts of the New York Ave. Playground,” said Drew Russell, VP of Properties at event producer Intersport. The New York Ave Playground is Home of Metroball Youth Outreach and the this event will kick-off the 16th Annual New York Ave Summer Youth Basketball League for violence prevention. “Basketball fans can expect to see the best international slam dunk performers add to the rich history of this venue.”

NYA Logo (2016)Los Angeles hosted the first event of the year at Venice Beach on May 14 and Guy “The Frequent Flyer” Dupuy edged out Michael Purdie to take home the title. The D.C. contest will help determine who will join Guy in a championship tilt in Orlando on July 9. All three stops will be televised via tape-delay on ESPN2.

As in past events, the dunkers will be vying for a cash prize with current National Football League players among those serving as judges for the contest. In D.C., the judges are Washington Redskins teammates DeSean Jackson and Josh Norman, and Team Flight Brothers CEO and Founder Chuck Millan.

The D.C. competitors are:
– Rutger Neece of Greenville, IL
– Jordan “Flight” Southerland of Marietta, GA
– Antjuan “Southern Hospitality” Ball of Colleriene, AL
– Kenny Dobbs of Phoenix

The event also underscores Brisk Iced Tea’s continued relationship with 7-Eleven. This year’s City Slam will launch an exclusive meal bundle with Brisk’s new limited edition Apple Iced Tea and 7-Eleven’s Classic Chicken Sandwich. Both are available only at 7-Eleven stores nationwide throughout the summer. “We are thrilled to continue our support for City Slam in partnership with 7-Eleven,” said Jayanthi Raja Segaran, Director of Marketing for Brisk Iced Tea. “Each year, City Slam competitors get even more creative and as a brand that encourages all things “Kinda Out There”, we look forward to seeing more new and innovative dunks this summer. We’re also excited to commemorate these events with the introduction of our limited edition Brisk Apple Iced Tea, which pairs perfectly with 7-Eleven’s Classic Chicken Sandwich, available exclusively at select 7-Eleven locations across the country.”

About Metroball Youth Outreach
Founded in 2000, for the past 16 years Metroball Youth Outreach has been a very positive force in the lives of over 500 youths each year in Washington D.C. During the school year, they operate positive After School Basketball Skills Camp/Fitness programs throughout in the city. In addition, Metroball staff coaches and mentors youth through 11 Amateur Athletic Union Basketball Teams (AAU) and travel with them to compete against top teams across the country. Metroball DC AAU has been very successful winning several championships in some very competetive events. While traveling, youth participate in college tours. Over the past few years, Metroball has been able to place over 47 youth in college on full scholarships (many from at-risk neighborhoods). The highlight of the program is the annual 10 week Youth Summer Basketball League called the Metroball New York Ave Classic. This summer event runs all summer long in the heart of troubled neighborhoods to deter youth violence, promote healthy living, and exercise. For more information, visit www.metroball.org.

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2015, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.  At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. invented the convenience store industry and is the largest convenience retailer in the world. Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven® operates, franchises and licenses more than 10,700 stores in the United States and Canada. Globally, nearly 60,000 7-Eleven stores operate in 17 countries, serving over 44 million customers every day. For more information, visit www.7-Eleven.com.

About Intersport
Since 1985, Intersport has been an award-winning innovator and leader in the creation of sports and entertainment-based marketing platforms. Intersport creates unique content and experiences for clients that attract and engage passionate audiences through three divisions: Sponsorship & Event Marketing, Sports Properties, and Sports & Entertainment Content (for broadcast and digital media). To learn more about Intersport, log on to Intersportnet.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@IntersportBuzz).

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The 16th Annual New York Ave Classic

The 16th Annual New York Ave Classic

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It’s that time of the year again. If its getting close to summer, that means The Metroball New York Ave Classic Summer Youth Streetball Tournament is about to take hold of the youth in the Washington DC Area!! This will be the 16th year of this event that continues to grow every summer since it’s existence in 2000!! This year the Kick-Off is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th.

CITY SLAM, ESPN, Under Armour, Shoe City, and Brisk are coming back again to help us kick-off the Tournament with a new crop of the best and most exciting Slam Dunkers in the world to compete for more than $5k cash and the right to go to the Slam Dunk Championship in Orlando! This event will be featured on ESPN2 along with highlights from the games played at the New York Ave Playground. There will be giveaways and prizes for all in attendance.

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!! Save the date SATURDAY, JUNE 18th!!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR TEAMS

A Time for Giving

A Time for Giving


Don’t forget that donation before the end of the year!! A tax deductible donation can can be made to help our programs.

There are several ways to donate:

1) Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) – #25822

2) United Way – #9836

3) Direct Donation – METROBALL DONATION PAGE

For more than 15 Years Metroball has been a very positive force in the lives of over 500 youths each year in Washington D.C. With After School Basketball Skills Camp/Fitness programs, Amateur Athletic Union Basketball Teams (AAU), and our 10 week Youth Summer Basketball Tournament (the New York Ave Classic), we strive to promote a positive, productive, and safe social community through the use of sports and team dynamics.

Every Donation Makes A Difference!!!

2015 New York Ave – 15 Years Completed

2015 New York Ave – 15 Years Completed

The 15th Annual New York Ave Classic Summer Youth League has successfully completed 15 years this past Saturday at the New York Ave Playground in Washington DC.  This year there were 36 teams that competed in one of the best summer tournaments to date.  As usual, playoffs started on a Friday night and games were played throughout the day on Saturday until all winners were crowned!!

Here are the results from this year:

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR 2015 CHAMPIONS!!


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DIVISION

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CHAMPIONS – Washington Bison

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RUNNER UP – Trojans


MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

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CHAMPIONS – Bowie Bulldogs

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RUNNER UP – Tyler House


JUNIOR VARSITY DIVISION

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CHAMPIONS – Trojans
RUNNER UP – Tyler House


VARSITY DIVISION

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GOLD CHAMPIONS – Sam’s Ballers
GOLD RUNNER UP – Trust Me

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SILVER CHAMPIONS – Tyler House
SILVER RUNNER UP – Spartans

Metroball DC 12u/13u Wins Gold at Big Shots Maryland Certified Tourney

Metroball DC 12u/13u Wins Gold at Big Shots Maryland Certified Tourney

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The Metroball DC 12/13u Team won the gold championship last weekend at the Big Shots Maryland Certified Tournament in District Heights, MD. They had to beat a very tall and athletic Dynamic Disciples team. The Metroball DC 12u/13u team just played and won against this team in bracket play, so when they met again in the finals, both teams knew what to expect. Metroball DC jumped to a 10 point lead with the excellent play from their youngest guards, Allen Conception and Milton Milling. Markel Norman also showed why he is the top scorer of Big Shots in this division this year by finishing with the most points and taking home MVP Honors.

 

 

The Metroball DC 17u team also competed in this event. They went 2-1 and lost a very close Overtime game in the Semi-Finals. This concluded their outstanding AAU season that has sparked a lot of interest from college recruiters.

City Slam At New York Ave Kick-Off

City Slam At New York Ave Kick-Off

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The 15th Annual Metroball New York Ave Classic Summer Youth Streetball Tournament kicked off in spectacular fashion this year Sponsored by Shoe City, Under Armour, Brisk, City Slam, 7-Eleven, and Tyler House Apartments.  High flying dunks, celebrities, giveaways, and competitive youth basketball all gave way for a special day at the New York Ave historical white and colors basketball court.

The day started off gloomy and unassured due to weather conditions and chances of rain, however that did not stop ESPN and its crew from setting up an optimal outdoor basketball arena styled atmosphere.  As start time of the first scheduled gamed approached many fans, spectators, sponsors, and Metroball personnel remained indecisive on how the day would play out.  But as planned, by 11am it was 88degrees and officials were at center court ready for tip-off.  The first game of the day showcased the Middle school division teams One on One vs Bowie Bulldogs.  One on One picked up where they left off last year proving the Bowie Bulldogs were totally outmatched—one of the United States dignitaries and Metroball supporters, Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education cheered in amazement as his team dazzled fans in victorious fashion.CIJPLd_VAAArROT.jpg large

As the day progressed so did the Washington DC humidity and heat index. By game three the slide lines were packed with fans, spectators, and children with City Slam 7-Eleven towels draped over their  heads downing one brisk ice tea in there right hand with another waiting in their left. In between the five games scheduled before the main event, Shoe City and Under Armor did a spin the wheel giveaway of t-shirts, book bags, towels, and water bottles which really came in handy for an event such as this.DSC_0149

At 1:45pm comedian and host Boot Jones was directing all fans and spectators to relocate to court two for the main event, the 7-Eleven City Slam Dunk Contest.  At this time ESPN crew leader and director, Drew Russell was sweating profusely. I’m not sure if it was from the temperature rising to 96 degrees or him still worrying about the event being rained out.  However all seem to brighten up when the celebrity judges, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and CH-29mQWUAARbr7.jpg largeformer Washington Redskins Linebacker Lemar Marshall entered the gates.  As expected, there were numerous dunks involving props such as high –jump poles, groups of numerous guys gathered simply to be dunked over…  Oh yea and a dancing pineapple.  Indeed by days end former And1 street baller and professional overseas talent Guy Dupuy stole the show with high flying acrobatic showmanship. If you don’t believe me just watch July 7, 2015 at 10:30pm on ESPN2.  Also check out Photos by Bernard Reeves @BREEVESPHOTO

Here are some pictures from last weekend.  Video Clips and additional pics are available on the Metroball Facebook page.DSC_0416

Metroball DC AAU Dominates MD Future Stars Tournament

Metroball DC AAU Dominates MD Future Stars Tournament

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This past weekend marked a special achievement for Metroball youth and Metroball as an Organization. For the first time in our 15 Year history, we were able to have 6 Metroball Teams compete in a tournament in several divisions (12u, 14u, 15u, 16u, 17u Boys, and 17u Girls). All teams looked sharp and competed well the whole weekend. 3 teams made the championship game and one made it to the semi-finals in their respective divisions. We walked away with two championships.

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The highlight of the weekend was the 12u team that despite being under sized, went 3-1 and beat some very tough teams on the way to their first championship as a team. Led by dynamic 11 year old guards Allen Concepcion and Milton (Mike) Milling, this team rallied to a 20 point win in the championship game!!

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The other big winner was the 9th Grade team with new coaches Derek Norman & Kernis De Faison, this newly formed team went undefeated the whole weekend.  Look for this team to do big things in the future.

The other newly formed teams led by Coach Angela Richmond (10th Grade boys & 11th Grade Girls), Coach Joy Yancey & Coach Rob Brown Jr (8th Grade) competed but came up short in pool play.

The Metroball DC 11th Grade team dominated all weekend but underestimated their opponents and fell short in the championship game by 2 points.  It was a good learning experience.

All in all, Metroball AAU as an organization had a great weekend!!

2015 Metroball DC 17U AAU Team

2015 Metroball DC 17U AAU Team

Metroball DC 17 & Under AAU Travel Team just got back from a great showing at the King James Shooting Stars Tournament in Akron, Ohio. They made it to the finals out of the 166 teams that competed in their division. This is the second big event this year that they made it all the way to the finals. The previous one was the Big Shots Certified DC, where they earned the title of the #1 17U Team in DC and Ranked 17th in the country according to the Big Shots Rankings. In Ohio, They were the only team not from Ohio to make it to the final four. Look out for this team to make it’s mark this year. Take a look at our schedule:

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17 – Under AAU Team Travel Schedule

Dates Tournament Location
Apr 11-12, 2015 Big Shots Certified DC Washington DC
Apr 24-26, 2015 King James Shooting Stars Akron, OH
May 2-3, 2015 Big Shots Richmond w/Team Loaded Richmond, VA
May 16-17, 2015 Southern Jam Fest Hampton, VA
May 30-31, 2015 Big Shots SPOOKY NOOK Manheim, PA
June 12-14, 2015 Rumble In The Bronx Bronx, NY
June 20-21, 2015 DMVElite Media Series Bowie, MD
June 27-28, 2015 DC Metroshowcase Boyds, MD
Jul 11-13, 2015 Big Shots Certified Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC
Jul 17-19, 2015 Summer Jam Fest Manheim, PA
Jul 24-26, 2015 Las Vegas FAB 48 Las Vegas, NV

 

 

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17 – Under AAU Team Roster

 

No. Name Height Position School Grad. Yr.
0 Watts, Anthony 6’5″ Center Wise HS 2015
1 Yisrael, A’mon 6’1″ Guard Theodore Roosevelt HS 2016
2 Galvin, Darren 5’11” Guard Chelsea School 2016
3 Ezeani, Dominic 5’9″ Guard Good Counsel 2016
4 Bolding, Darell 5’5″ Guard Fairmont Heights HS 2016
5 Moore, Derek 5’10” Guard Eleanor Roosevelt HS 2016
6 Greenfield, Saadiq 5’8 Guard Dunbar Senior HS 2016
7 Barnett Jr, Michael 6’3″ Guard National Collegiate Preparatory 2016
8 Carter, Ricardo 5’11” Forward Eastern Senior HS 2016
9 Green, Kierell 6’7″ Forward IDEA Public Charter 2016
10 Johnson, Demetrius 6’2″ Guard Good Counsel 2016
11 Rogers, Daquan 6’3″ Forward National Collegiate Preparatory 2016
12 Pickett, Jamarko (KD) 6’8″ Guard Eastern Senior HS 2016
14 Rogers, Dominique 6’9″ Center National Collegiate Preparatory 2016

Metroball DC AAU Teams Shine at PV Spring League Tournament

Metroball DC AAU Teams Shine at PV Spring League Tournament

 

Metroball DC 9th Grade Team

Metroball DC 9th Grade Team

Metroball DC 10th Grade Team

Metroball DC 10th Grade Team

Congratulations to 3 of the Metroball DC’s AAU teams for their great play in the Potomac Valley Spring League. The 8th Grade, 9th Grade, and 10th Grade boys teams made it to the championship games after a hard fought season of league play against some of the DC area’s best teams. The 10th grade team only lost one game all spring at Potomac Valley while the 8th and 9th grade teams struggled early on but finished strong late in the season to earn a spot in the Championship.

Even though the only victory in the championship came from the 10th grade team, all 3 teams played very hard and represented well. As an organization, this marked the first time that Metroball has had 3 teams finish so strong in league play. Look out for these teams and the newly formed Metroball DC 10th grade girl’s team as they play throughout the summer season.

Metroball feature on Channel 4 News

Metroball feature on Channel 4 News

This is the Metroball Youth Outreach program feature on Channel 4 News:

Ward 7 ANC Commissioner Teams up with Metroball to bring Youth Sports Program to S.E.

Ward 7 ANC Commissioner Teams up with Metroball to bring Youth Sports Program to S.E.

Metroball with Ward 7 ANC

Newly Elected ANC Commissioner Wendell Felder met with Kevin “Moose” Jones Co- Founder of Metroball Youth Outreach to discuss ways the program can impact the youth in S.E. Metroball is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 oragnization that focuses on at risk youth in Washigton, DC. Sports are used as a mechanism to capture the youth’s attention. Metroball is a program that focuses on middle and high school youths which is where a growing number of youths are either falling through the cracks at school or already entangled with the juvenile court system. Metroball’s goal is to break the habits that are leading to trouble or deviant behavior in schools and in the streets.

Metroball programs are FREE of charge to all youth participants. The organization operates solely from fundraisers, grants, and donation.

Metroball Program Video

Metroball Program Video

Here is a video of our tournament and program.