The first Trayvon Martin Invitational was held over the past few days at Harlem’s legendary Rucker Park. The senseless murder of 17-year old Martin and the acquittal of his killer, neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman have sparked widespread outrage and an outpouring of civic pushback and awareness; the tournament aimed to raise money for the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
Presented by VIBE Magazine, HOT 97, BKNY Printing, Kevin Powell and BK Nation, ballers from all over the city took part in the tournament. The Xmen from Brooklyn, Harlem’s Skull Gang, Rick Ross’ MMG team, and the Sean Bell All-Stars came to show their skills on the court. NBA players like Michael Beasley and Tyreke Evans were also among the hoopers participating.
Eight teams battled their way through the tournament, with the championship game happening last night (July 30.) With future NBA commissioner Adam Silver in attendance, the Taking No Prisoners squad (which featured Evans) took down the Bingo All Stars, 110-95.
The exciting game brought a great outing for the neighborhood, in the memory of a young man who was taken far too soon. The community continues to rally for justice for Trayvon.