City Slam Returns to the Metroball New York Ave Classic

City Slam Returns to the Metroball New York Ave Classic


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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.

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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.



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


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:



CHAMPIONS – Washington Bison


RUNNER UP – Trojans


CHAMPIONS – Bowie Bulldogs


RUNNER UP – Tyler House


RUNNER UP – Tyler House


GOLD CHAMPIONS – Sam’s Ballers


City Slam At New York Ave Kick-Off

City Slam At New York Ave Kick-Off



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