On October 15th, my sister queen A’maiya and I were able to volunteer and be apart of the 8th Annual Herman Petty Memorial Hoops for the Ronald McDonald 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament!
This event was named after Herman Petty, who was the first African American franchisee for McDonald's Corporation. All proceeds for the event will benefit the families staying together at the Ronald McDonald House. Playing basketball for 13 years, this was right up my alley! The event was held at Unity Jr. High School, which is the second largest middle school in the US. The event had 100 teams. This was a co-ed event and attracted a variety of communities from Chicago and the surrounding suburban communities. The focus was on delivering a diverse event.
Our role for the day was “Court Monitor” which is keeping time, scores and interacting with the referees. So, the point of the games were to narrow the boys and girls into age groups. The winning teams would play winning teams and the losing teams would play losing teams. This would continue until there were only two teams left to play for the championship game. The winning team would win prizes and trophies!
I had a blast watching these young athletes play the game I love. Watching them reminded me of when I use to play in leagues 3 on 3 and summer leagues. But most importantly, watching the youth give their time to give back to those in need was the most rewarding part. This was such a great cause, and I was honored to be apart of it!