Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Players are made in the off season


Hoyanation and friends the Hoya redemption dream season starts here at the prestigious James "Jabbo" Kenner Memorial Summer League on the campus of Georgetown University in McDonough Gymnasium for the mighty Hoyas.  Named after one of the founders and first director of the Metropolitan Police Boys' and Girls' Club of Washington DC.  For some fifty years, James" Jabbo" Kenner, whose powerful punches as a professional prize fighter earned him the name "JABBO", fought to help the young and disadvantaged in the ashington Metropolitan area.  He began as an amateur boxer at age fifteen and for three years was the D.C. Amateur Athletic Champion.  For nearly 20 years the Kenner league has attracted high school, college and professional players from throughout the area to come together in the off season and play in a team oriented atmosphere that is both competitive and safe. It has also provided fans, friends and family the chance to see great hoops action in air conditioned comfort.

In 1937 he helped found and was the first to direct the Metropolitan Boys' Club of Washington, DC.  Mr. Kenner helped old and young alike. In the course of his life he had taken into his home twelve foster children and four senior citizens.  Many of the persons whom he helped were so moved by his example that they decided to dedicate their own lives to the aid of people in places such as Haiti, Scotland, Holland, Israel and Africa.  James Kenner received an Honorary Doctorate from Georgetown University in 1981.  His death in 1983 ended a lifetime dedicated to helping people in the Washington Metropolitan area.

The list of former Kenner leaguers includes Allen Iverson, Jerome Williams, Mike Sweetney, Othella Harrington, Alonzo Mourning, and Dikembe Mutombo to name but a few.  Its great competition and exciting for the fans and guess what it's freeeeeee.

Here are some photos from the beginning of the Hoya redemption dream season.  As they say, "players are made in offseason, and It's Always Basketball Season here on the Hilltop.

Jason Clark (purple) going up for two in Kenner League action '09

Austin Freeman going for rebound in Kenner action '09

Freeman pushing the rock in Kenner action '09

Freeman doing point guard duties in Kenner action '09

Freeman point communicatiing and showing leadership to freshman Vee Sanford (beside Freeman) '09

Jason Clark gliding down the hardwood in transition in Kenner action '09

Clark and former Chicago Bull Eddie Basden going for ball in Kenner action '09

Freshman Hollis Thompson looking for a way to score in Kenner action '09

Thompson goes up for the first two of Kenner action, also his first two unofficial college points '09

Hollis Thompson's throwdown, this pass was received from Cordero "Showtime" Holt '09

Freahman Vee Sanford with the headband doing point guard duties in Kenner action '09

Sanford knocking down the 3 pointer in Kenner action '09

Vee defending opponent in Kenner '09

Sophomore Henry Sims defending in Kenner action '09

Sims with the jab step in Kenner action '09

Sims up for two in Kenner '09

Sims gets the and1 '09

Henry "Big Hank" Sims holds his ground on Marshall's Antonio Haymon in Kenner action '09

Hoya Ryan Doughtery in Kenner action '09

Hoya Freshman Jerelle Benimon in the middle of the pack mixing it up with the big boys in Kenner action '09

Jerelle Benimon pins shot against the glass in Kenner action '09

Benimon shows tough and grit in rebound and going back up for two points in Kenner action '09

And of course Jack even stopped by on the first day of Kenner League action '09



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