We were able to play in a second NCAA recruiting event in Liberty, MO from July 27-30. We finished with a 2-3 record and were the runner-up in the consolation bracket. We faced teams from Illinois, Oklahoma, and Iowa in this tournament.
GAME 1: Illinois Bears 76 Freedom Hoops 53
GAME 2: Oklahoma Wolfpack 67 Freedom Hoops 53
GAME 3: Freedom Hoops 73 All Iowa Attack 62
GAME 4: Freedom Hoops 69 Playmakers Express 56
GAME 5: Iowa Pump N Run 74 Freedom Hoops 62
This wrapped up our summer competitive season. We'll pick back up in the fall with more tournaments after school gets underway.
Thank you Josh Weinstock for coming to shoot some video highlights for us!
We participated in the Lawrence Hardwood Classic Tournament June 20-23, 2017. This was our first ever NCAA Live recruiting event, a tournament where top-tier college coaches flock to to see the best talent from the Midwest and beyond. This was a great chance for our guys to get seen by college coaches and play against top-tier competition.
We finished the weekend 3-2, finishing as the runner-up in the consolation bracket for our age group. We played teams from Oklahoma, Iowa, Texas, and Kansas over the weekend.
One highlight from the weekend was a visit to our friends' farm outside of Lawrence. They were gracious enough to host us and feed us dinner between games the Friday of the tournament.
Another highlight was when our guys watched the 3-point contest and dunk contest after the games one night. Some of our kids were able to get their picture taken with the contest winners (who were from a team in New York), which they were very excited about. They also met KU senior basketball player Devonte Graham that night.
GAME 1: Heat Elite (OK) 54 Freedom Hoops 51
GAME 2: Freedom Hoops 60 Iowa Intensity 52
GAME 3: Freedom Hoops 64 NAOE Bulldawgz (TX) 20
GAME 4: Freedom Hoops 73 JC Hoops (KS) 70
GAME 5: Ball4Life Black (OK) 66 Freedom Hoops 59
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WEEKEND:
We did it! Our first summer running a fireworks stand is in the books! Overall, it was a long and hard week, but we learned a lot, made memories, and had fun! Some highlights from the week:
“When can I start working here?”
All three of our young men said this statement numerous times as they saw the pool, weight room, batting cages, basketball court, gourmet food prepared by a hired chef, and the many TV screens everywhere. Our young men continued to drop their jaws as they learned about Pro Athlete’s employees and culture. One young man said, “I would never leave work!”
Pro Athlete sells premiere bats and gloves to baseball players planning on taking their game to the next level. We hope through this tremendous job shadow that it will help our young men take their future profession to the next level to impact their workplace for Christ!
On Thursday, June 1, four of us packed up and headed to Omaha for the day for training with Hometown Fireworks, the company we will be running our fireworks tent with. We learned about the products we'd be selling, how to run the cash register, and other important information going forward.
Our tent will be open from June 27-July 4 at 3909 Mission Road (the parking lot of Midwest Glass and Glazing). There are many ways you can help with this endeavor, but the best way to help is to come shop and bring your friends! Let us know if you want some coupons to pass out to your friends and neighbors. We are happy to send some your way.
The Blazers hit the road for our second tournament of the summer, this time traveling to Mason City, Iowa. Coach Loney's old college teammate Garrett Callahan organized the tournament at North Iowa Area Community College. This was the second year for Freedom Hoops to participate in the tournament.
The Blazers started off Saturday, May 20 by beating Charles City, Iowa 40-34. After a short break, they hit the court again, this time losing to Iowa Ambush 50-42. To close out a busy night, they dropped a game to the Quad City Blue Raiders 50-44.
They finished off the tournament on Sunday morning, taking down the Illinois Ambush in a nailbiter, 54-53.
In our first game Saturday, we took down ABA Supreme with a convincing score of 79-25. We followed that performance with a 46-31 win over the Dominators. To celebrate the first two victories, we went to Golden Corral and had dinner together.
With only four teams in our division, our final game Sunday decided the championship of the tournament. We handled the Top City Lakers easily outscoring them 61-22. The guys were presented with medals and a trophy after the last game. It was a great way to kick off the summer!
Michael Watson and Marvin Daniels
Michael Watson, UMKC’s all-time leading scorer, hosted the evening. His humor and energy made the evening extra special. Marvin Daniels, executive director of the Hope Center in Kansas City, spoke of the importance of having a Mentor, Model, Man, and a Mission in your life. Everyone walked away encouraged from his talk.
20 Percent of Budget Raised
The guests at the Vision Dinner were incredibly generous. God raised nearly 20% of our $50,000 budget for the 2017 ministry year. To date, we are approximately funded 60% towards our 2017 budget.
Thank you for praying, attending, and partnering with us as we deeply impact urban youth to fight the cycle of fatherlessness, hopelessness, and under resourcing.
We had the privilege to take four of our young men to the Microsoft Store at Oak Park Mall for our fourth job shadow this summer. At the store our young men learned how Microsoft started and the different roles the workers performed at the store.
We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the store, giving us free headphones, bags, and offering their help and expertise in how to run an effective business.