ABA ADDS SECOND WEST TEXAS TEAM – ODESSA TX
OC NOVASTARS AND IE INVADERS IMPACT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
SPECIAL MOMENT: Last night at the Ronald McDonald house in Loma Linda Davie Champagnie (an ABA Basketball Player) made one lucky girl’s night the most amazing night ever!! It will be a moment she will remember for the rest of her life.
Davie is an ABA player that has won a championship while playing college basketball which is something that only a FEW college players can say they have accomplished. Davie was a huge part of winning that championship and last night it was all meaningless compared to the struggle the families go through at the Ronald McDonald Houses around the world.
Davie spent time to speak with one of the girls that was staying at the home in Loma Linda, CA. He took the time to listen to her story and by the end of the night he felt in his heart that she would get more strength from having his ring and he gave it to her without blinking an eye. It was a moment where you could feel the blessings all around you and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room (including myself which has been extremely rare in my lifetime)
I am proud to say that I had a chance to witness such a life changing event. These are the type people that make up the core fabric of the American Basketball League in our southern California division and I am proud to say that I am a part of it. The ABA is MUCH MORE that just a game and Davie Champagnie (who plays for the Inland Empire Invaders) is a perfect example of what we can do when we are in support of each other. Davie Champagnie is my NEW “Lord Of The Ring”.
JERSEY EXPRESS IMPACT EAST ORANGE YOUTH
Milton B. Hobbs
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 • 10:56pm
EAST ORANGE, NJ – Marsha Blount, owner of Jersey Express (New Jersey’s only professional basketball team) met with members of the city to offer youth groups from East Orange opportunities to actively participate at the team’s upcoming home games.
The Jersey Express is a member of the revamped American Basketball Association (ABA). The ABA was extremely popular many years ago. The league popularized the red, white and blue ball and showcased some of the most exciting players in the history of the game, including Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving, George ‘Ice’ Gervin, Connie Hawkins, Dan Issel, Artis Gilmore, and David Thompson.
The team’s owner, Marsha Blount, made history when in 2005 she purchased the team and became the first African American female to own a professional male sports team. An athlete herself, Blount came to East Orange to seek support for her team and to extend an opportunity for the youths of the city to engage players, perform at halftime and even assist in administration at levels unimaginable with the rival NBA league.
In a brief statement, Blount spoke of the support outgoing Mayor Robert Bowser had given her and was optimistic that Mayor-Elect Lester Taylor would be amenable to offering his support as well. “Though the games are played at Shabazz High School in Newark, The Express is Jersey’s team…New Jersey’s only professional team,” she reminded her listeners.
For more information about the Jersey Express, visit http://www.jerseyexpress.net/