The Philly Cannons of the American Basketball Association (ABA) will recognize two (2) organizations, Action United and Vision Quest, as part of their Featured Community Partner Program (FCP), during halftime of tomorrow’s home game with the York Buccaneers. The game is one of two home dates that will actually take place within the City of Philadelphia at the Gustine Recreation Center located at 4868 Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia. Tip-off is 1:00 PM.
Once a direct competitor to the NBA, the ABA is having a resurgence as of late. And partly responsible for the new momentum the league has gained has been the partnerships the ABA franchises have been making with non-profit, community organizations in their respective cities. “The American Basketball Association is very hands on, grass roots level in the community and we want to partner with like-minded organizations who want to achieve real change and progress in our neighborhoods,” said West Philly born Team President, Roger Beckwith. “We want to recognize and support great efforts to assist communities, and Action United has been working on neighborhood issues like community safety, voter registration, healthcare, and affordable housing among others for over 40 years,” said Beckwith referring to Action United’s predecessor ACORN.
Vision Quest, a residential and community based program designed to assist at risk youth and families will also be recognized during the halftime ceremony. “I’m really excited to partner with Vision Quest because as a young black male from Philly, I had always heard the name of the program and I’m happy to have the Cannons serve as a community service project for VQ; however we can support their efforts, we will,” stated Beckwith, who is in his third year heading the Cannons.
The Cannons, who sport a record of 4-2 and currently are ranked 24th nationally, will also visit the Norristown Knights Sunday, December 16, 2018. The game will take place at Montgomery County Community College’s Health and Science Center and will tip off at 6:30 PM. The first year Knights are also 4-2 and ranked 17th nationally.
The Cannons are eager to compete for an American Basketball Association (ABA) championship. The ABA consists of over 140 teams nationwide, and the Cannons will compete in the Northeast Region with the Wyoming Valley Clutch, Pottstown Flames, NEPA Stars and Stripes, Binghamton Bulldogs, York Buccaneers, Reading Wizards, Scranton Shamrocks, West Chester Wildcats, and the Syracuse Stallions. Please visit www.phillycannons.com &www.abaliveaction.com for more information.