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The Alumni League Returns Saturday September 29 - Ready, Set, Go
The Alumni League: Philadelphia's First Professional, Competitive Alumni Basketball League
Fall 2018 (Season 3) marks 1 year of operation, as the league moves from strength to strength. With many high profile players among the ranks, the league has drawn attention from everyone involved with basketball in the Tri-State Area. Featured on the promotional flyer for Season 3 are Pro & Semi-Pro players Ronnie Fields (Penn Wood), Rosh Jones (Furness), Terry Scott (Frankford), Tyrone "Redz" Hill (Penn Wood), Daron Dickerson (George Washington), and Anwar Coleman (Central). To lend some context to the level of players involved, the league had among its ranks in the first two seasons, former NBA players including Flip Murray (Strawberry Mansion) and Dionte Christmas (Martin Luther King).
The opening day lineup on Saturday September 29th is: 4:30pm Roxborough vs. U-City (Court A); Central vs. William Penn (Court B); 5:30pm Neumann vs. Frankford - Game of the Week (Court A); Masterman vs George Washington (Court B); 6:30pm Penn Wood vs. Archbishop Carroll (Court A); Southern vs. Cardinal Dougherty (Court B). Games continue on Tuesday October 2nd: 7:00pm Lutheran vs. Martin Luther King (Court A); Furness vs. William Penn (Court A).
Game of the week on Saturday September 29 is at 5:30pm, Neumann vs Frankford (defending champions).
Founder, President and Commissioner, Fahreed Cheatham noted, "I'm so excited about the vision becoming a reality. A year in and we are expanding and achieving so much. The Alumni League was created with a vision to continue the rich tradition of basketball competition for players 30+ in the Philadelphia region, and that is exactly what we are doing. Currently in Philadelphia, in the next year or two we hope to expand to other East Coast cities." Cheatham is a Strawberry Mansion alumni himself, as well as being a former college basketball player with Cheyney University, and a former player with Philadelphia Destroyers. He won MVP of American Professional Basketball League (APBL) in 2013 and 2014.
Co-Founder and VP, Elisa O'Keefe-Smith added, "What a year. I'm proud of my business partnership with Fahreed, and grateful for all the amazing people associated with the league, many of who I now count among my friends. The players are not only great athletes, but great guys. Their willingness to jump in and get involved with charity initiatives, such as the Thanksgiving Food Drive, Holiday Toy Drive, and Athletic Scholarship is inspiring." O'Keefe-Smith is a Marketing major herself, holding an MBAand working towards completing a doctoral degree. She brings much of her marketing knowledge to the table with The Alumni League, and also her Web TV Talk Show The Diva Docs.
Home for The Alumni League is FiDonce Sports Facility, where games will be played on Saturday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. FiDonce is owned and run by Eric Evans, facilities partner of the league, and Cheatham's mentor and teammate at Cheyney University. Evans has been long involved in player development, which began after he finished his own career and took on the task of training and developing his younger brother Tyreke Evans, current NBA player with the Indiana Pacers.
The Alumni League Sponsors/Partners include Fidonce Sports Facility, Drive With Purpose (DWP), The Bayou Bar & Grill, and Stark Energy Drinks.
ABOUT THE "ALUMNI LEAGUE"
The Alumni League is headed up by Fahreed Cheatham as Commissioner, and Elisa O'Keefe-Smith as VP. The league was created with a vision to continue the rich tradition of basketball competition for players 30+. There is an untapped desire amongst many players, to continue to play at a high competitive level, well into their 30s and even 40s. The Alumni League seeks to fill that void.
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