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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



Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that the West Michigan Lake Hawks have been added to the North Central Division and are set to begin playing games starting in November. “We’re very pleased to have Harold Whaley and his associates as part of the ABA on a team level,” stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. “Harold has been part of the ABA for over five years directing the league’s IT programs including the very popular Fastbreak Club and Fastbreak VIP programs. We have discussed having his own team and it has finally happened. I know it will be successful.”

Aside from being CEO of the West Michigan Lake Hawks, Harold is also an Executive with the ABA as well as AB Hailing in Florida and California and has an extensive background in the entertainment industry He will be assisted by GMN Walter Love, a 30 year radio/television personality and Danielle Acton, Director of Strategic Development. Jeffery Burris will serve as Assistant GM. He has worked for the State of Michigan for 29 years while Eric King will be VP of Promotion using the skills he has acquired in 20 years in the entertainment industry. Chuck Caldwell will handle the team as VP of Player Personnel.

“I’ve worked hard to put together a very strong management team,” stated Whaley. “That was of utmost importance to us – and in Walter, Danielle, Jeff and Eric we know that we have what it takes to make us one of the premiere teams in the ABA. We will work very hard to make the West Michigan Lake Hawks something really special – and you can expect a new level of entertainment as well as great basketball.”

For more information email,,, or or call 619 717 6019 or visit or


CEO:  Harold Whaley
P: 619 717 6019

Jeff Burris    GM 231.206.6730
Ron Jenkins     Asst. GM  231.578.8798