How happy are we that we’re finally in the full swing of spring? Seemed like the cold weather would never end. And you know me, as an NYC native, summertime ain’t real until the guys are playing aggressive streetball in the park. Enter Jahi Rawlings and his Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League, now in its second season.
Stupid fun last year and I was in Atlanta’s Central Park near every weekend with my daughters just kicking it, listening to music and watching the guys play ball. That’s really the best thing about it. You can depend on it being safe enough to bring the family on both Saturday and Sunday and it’s genuinely a ton of fun.
The thing about it is that, while the league is still growing and changing, the first year yielded some pretty big co-signs. From 2 Chainz and Trinidad James to Atlanta Hawk Lou Williams, there were a number of celebrity teams on the board while Streets 94.5 gave us fans a soundtrack to bounce to in the bleachers. Some of the biggest artists in the city popped in from week to week too — K Camp, Migos, Travis Porter and a few others.
Now that he has gotten the hang of things, Rawlings is doing it even bigger this year, bringing in vendors, food trucks and installing hardwoods on the outdoor court. We gon’ see who the real ballers are! LOL.
On June 15, family fun returns to the Old Fourth Ward. Here’s a clip from AEBL’s release:
This year, AEBL will kick off the summer with a community fun festival on June 15 and block party featuring: live entertainment, seminars, free food and drinks, fun-filled games and activities for the kids. AEBL takes pride in giving back to local communities and making a difference in the lives of today’s youth. Programs and seminars will be developed to support key community initiatives, such as: health and wellness, education, recycling (go green), anti-bullying campaigns, Hoop In My Shoes Shoe Drive, entrepreneurship and leadership and a NBA Skills Challenge.
My mind has been set on this since last year. Come out if you’re in the city this summer.
For more info –in cluding how to get your own team out there– visit the AEBL page.