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Indianapolis, IN.  The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that the South Texas Stingrays are set to play this season.  “We are very pleased to add the Stingrays to the Southwest Division because it brings back a veteran of the ABA, Marlon Minifee, and adds another strong team to an excellent division,” stated ABA CEO Joe Newman.  “With Marlon’s great experience on and off the court and with the people he has with him, I have no doubt that they will be very successful.”
Shooting Stars Sports and Entertainment is a full service company providing a wide variety of services for professional athletes, companies, corporations, communities and youth organizations.  Based in South Texas, a place regarded as one of the “fattest regions” in America according to a study conducted by the American Obesity Association, Shooting Stars have taken a firm stance in the fight against obesity by providing programs and events to combat the problem.  Through the development of elite camps, clinics, leagues, teams and special events for children and adults ranging from grass roots level programs to more advanced programs, they are able to promote healthy activity and a healthy lifestyle for the people of their community  and in the communities where their programs are conducted.
Shooting Stars has aligned themselves with an impressive group of community partners in efforts to increase their effectiveness as a voice in their community.  Their alliance with community partners enables them to provide the families of their community with a quality and entertaining product.  Shooting Stars has compiled a list of celebrity clients including George Hill of the Indiana Pacers, Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs and many more, to provide kids and families with the “once in a lifetime” opportunity to interact with professional athletes.  Other services provided by the Shooting Stars Sports & Entertainment include player management and development, personal training, artist management and development, charitable community event coordinating, celebrity bookings for appearances, performances and more.
Marlon Minifee added, “The mission of Shooting Stars Sports and Entertainment is to utilize every resource at our disposal to create elite and effective programs and services.  Our goal is to use our programs and services as a platform to promote healthy activity and lifestyles for the people in and around our community.  We believe the South Texas Stingrays will enhance the program immensely and I am very pleased to be back in the ABA.”
For more information, call 210 584 4249 or email or visit


Indianapolis, IN.  The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that it will return to Nashville, TN next season.  “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” stated ABA CEO Joe Newman.  “This will be our fourth team in Nashville, one of the truly great entertainment cities in America. For whatever reason – management, timing, marketing – the teams have not achieved as we expected.  This time, keeping our fingers crossed, it will because we’ll have an entertainment based organization with extraordinary experience doing it.”
The new Nashville Soul and the WABA Nashville Heart (the Heart and Soul of Nashville) will be owned by UVEE Entertainment, LLC, headed by UVEE CEO Buddy Walker, who has 30 years in the concert and entertainment business and is now developing their own TV network.  Buddy also serves as CEO of ABA Entertainment and is coordinating the ABA’s Proud to Serve Concert Series honoring the military, police, firefighters and teachers ( later this year.
“The lack of success in Nashville is not the fault of Nashville,” added Walker.  “We believe the sports fans of Nashville will support the team if we give them quality basketball at affordable prices, make a major commitment to the community and do the proper marketing.  We intend to do all three with both the “Heart and Soul of Nashville.” We are very excited about adding the ABA to our sports and entertainment efforts.”
For more information,
or call (615) 785 -7989 or visit


Indianapolis, IN.  The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that the Fort  Smith Firebirds are getting set to begin play this season.  “Jamar  Birdsong, the team Owner/President, has  been working all spring and summer  putting things in place, and we are very pleased that he is ready to go,” stated  ABA CEO Joe Newman.  “Jamar has been playing basketball since the age of  six in Fort Smith,
really loves the game, and he wants to give the youth of the community a  chance to see that they have a chance to further their career in basketball and  to give players a chance that have been overlooked in Fort Smith.”
“We are in a really tough division,” added Birdsong.  “There are many  perennial playoff teams coming out of the ABA’s Southwest Division, including  last year’s Runner Up team, the North Dallas Vandals.  But we know there is  great talent here in Arkansas and it is our goal to find the best available  talent to compete.  Even more than that, however, we want to give our fans  and sponsors something they can be proud of and support and we will do  everything we can to justify their confidence in us.”
Only 25 years old, Jamal and his wife have five children included two sets  of twins.  “I am going to work very hard to make my family proud also,”  commented Birdsong.  “Watch the Fort Smith Firebirds.”  For more  information, visit or call  Jamar Birdsong at 479 222 5559 or email or visit

South Houston Assault Hosts Tryouts

The ABA South Houston Assault Host Local Tryouts September 21st in   Houston, TX​
The ABA South Houston Assault tryouts give   prospective players the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of the   team’s head coach, general manager, scouts and basketball officials of the   South Houston Assault. Participants will compete to earn an invitation to the   team’s training camp, which will begin in early November. Space is limited to   50 participants to maximize exposure for tryout participant. Tryouts are being   held on Saturday, September 21st from 11am – 2pm.
Applicants can pre-register by submitting a $75 non-refundable fee by the   tryout date or while spots remain. The fee for day of registration will be   $100. Day of registration payments must be made by cash or credit cards. For   additional information on the tryouts please contact us at
Tryouts will be held at the Zone Sports Complex. The Zone’s address is   10371 Stella Link, Houston, Texas 77025.
Saturday, September 21st
10:30am Registration
Session 1: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Session 2: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
* Times, Locations and Dates Subject To Change
** Online Registration Available:​
*** All registration fees are non-refundable. All tryout participants are   responsible for their lodging and travel arrangements.
​For more information about the upcoming tryouts for the South Houston   Assault on Setember 21st​, please email us at:
with Upcoming Tryouts in the subject line.

Coast II Coast All Stars Announce Tryouts

September 28: Detroit, MI (USA): ABA League Tour Team Tryouts hosted by Coast to Coast All Stars.: Saint Cecilia’s Athletic Center, 10400 Stoepel, Detroit MI 48206. Registration starts at 11:30 am Workout Time from 12 noon to 3 pm. Online registration is available at For more information please email with ABA Touring Team in the subject line. Please include your name, height, last school of attendance and phone number in the message section of your email.

Missouri Rhythm Works With KidsTLC

August 19, 2013

Missouri Rhythm

Dear Mr. Newman,

Every year KidsTLC transforms the lives of thousands of children in the community.  Our Psychiatric Residential Treatment program provides healing and hope for abused and neglected children facing the challenges of a mental illness.  Our Behavioral Health and Autism services provide integrated care to children and their families in the community.  Our Street Outreach services team provides resources to homeless and runaway teens throughout the metro area.  All these programs are generously supported by community businesses and volunteers.  One group of volunteers we can always count on is the team from Missouri Rhythm.

Missouri Rhythm players and coaches give their time and resources for our children and programs in many ways.  Over the last few years, Missouri Rhythm players have provided multiple sports clinics on our campus.   These clinics offer our kids opportunities to hear about sportsmanship, goal setting, team work and even to cheer on some impressive dunking skills. Interactions with successful community members provide our kids with a sense of hope for the future.

Along with group projects, Missouri Rhythm President, Bryant Tucker, served as an individual volunteer for our Mid Week Movie Mania summer activity.  Mr. Tucker shared the team popcorn machine, pizza and a great movie with the kids.  Some kids remembered him from the basketball clinic, earlier in the summer.  What a great connection!  We are grateful for the invitation to be the Charity of the Night at the November 23rd  Livin’ the Dream Exhibition Game– a great opportunity to spread the word about KidsTLC, raise support and provide a great outing for our kids and staff.

Missouri Rhythm players and coaches are an invaluable resource and greatly appreciated by the children and staff at KidsTLC.  We look forward to continued involvement with this organization and would like to extend an invitation for you to visit our campus and meet our kids.




Elizabeth Hall

KidsTLC Community Liaison



Cc: Bryant Tucker