Where do ballers go in NYC to see some of New York's most talented players and athletes? Rucker Park. Not only does the history of the park mean a great deal to the city but to anyone who lives and breathe basketball.
This summer was quite a busy one for our Make A Play team having at least 5 games a week. While we are still in the midst of playoffs in one last tournament, we are already so proud of what we've accomplished by taking the chip at the Each One Teach One Rucker Park Tournament last weekend. Our High School MAP team showed tremendous team work on the court and advanced to the Final Four round. With skillful moves and a few dunks here and there, they came up short to make the chip game, but held their heads high with impressive sportsmanship. Then there was our Middle School MAP team who took on an extremely hot and strenuous season at Rucker, toughing out 100 degree weather each week while playing against some of the best of NYC's youth. Proudly advancing to the championship game, it was neck-a-neck during all 4 quarters, even going into overtime! In the last final minutes, our own Elvys hit some clutch free throws, and then grabbing a tough rebound towards the last 20 seconds and making a quick layup. That put us up by one with only 5 seconds left in OT and winning the prestigious award. Following the game, some of Rucker's legends were honored as we celebrated Holcombe Rucker's 50th Anniversary. We were so privileged to be on the same court as Pee Wee Kirkland and Boston Celtics Champ Emmette Bryant to name a few.
As our players received their trophies with enormous smiles on their faces, Elvys was also named the tournament MVP. We couldn't be more proud of our team.
The most gratifying moment was to see our kids learn about the history of Rucker Park basketball and respecting the game even more. To be able to share this experience with them and maturing throughout the process is a victory in itself.
Thank you Rucker Park for allowing us to be a part of something so elite and special. This will be a moment never to be forgotten and we can't wait for next year.
Make A Play Staff