Nearly 100 people gathered at Baruch College in New York City for Hoop From the Heart, a 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament to honor Jay Katz. Katz passed away in 2012 from heart disease, and his daughters, Jennifer Kaplan and Rachel Katz, wanted to honor the love their father had for the game of basketball.
In two years, Corey Edwards’ goal is to be coaching in the Division I ranks, the highest level of men’s college basketball. For a lot of basketball coaches, ascending to Division I is aspirational at best, but for Corey it feels more like an eventuality. This feeling is born from his lineage and experience in basketball and his dedication to the coaching craft.
Up2Us Sports is excited to announce that Sugar Rodgers, a shooting guard for the New York Liberty, has been named the organization's newest Ambassador. The Georgetown University graduate is currently in her third season with New York and fourth season overall, after being drafted 14th in the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. She had a stellar collegiate career as a four-year starter for the Hoyas, leading them to three trips to the NCAA Tournament. The three-time Honorable Mention All-American finished her career as the school’s all-time leader in scoring (2,518) and three-pointers made (346).
In a piece Rodgers wrote for The Players' Tribune,she opened up about growing up in poverty in Suffolk, Virginia, and talked about how she overcame those obstacles with the help of sports. By serving as an Ambassador with Up2Us Sports, Sugar will connect with youth who are experiencing a similar upbringing and encourage them to persevere and look to sports - and their coaches - for guidance. Her hope is to be seen as an example of how it is possible to overcome the odds and make it out.
Rodgers is off to a red-hot start this season and currently leads the league in 3-point field goals made. She sits second on the Liberty in points per game and minutes per game behind her MVP-candidate teammate, Tina Charles. Earlier this month, Sugar was named to the USA Basketball Women’s Select Team, which will train alongside the USA Women’s National Team before they head to the Rio Olympic Games.
On July 19, Up2Us Ambassador and Tampa native John Henson, a power forward with the Milwaukee Bucks, and a team of Coach Across America (CAA) coaches hosted "The John Henson Experience" at the Tampa Bay Youth Sports Expo. The one-day basketball clinic helped to raise awareness on the importance of youth sports and funds to support the placement of additional CAA coaches in the Tampa Bay area. About 100 local youth participated in the clinic. Up2Us member The Skills Center hosted the Tampa Bay Youth Sports Expo at the Tampa Convention Center. The Expo featured a multitude of interactive sports activities for kids, including hockey, golf, football, lacrosse, baseball, dance, and basketball.
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