An Intern’s Take
I know they say, “Good things come to those who wait,” then why is it that the early bird gets the worm? These two statements contradict one another, but are casually used when someone is trying to get a point across. A friend of mine asked how is it that we call ourselves a community when we don‘t communicate with one another? And, how do we teach our children about the people in our neighborhood when we don’t even know who the people are that live on either side of us? These questions and many more are what some call clichés. Another wellknown cliché is, “the good die young.” I’m sure you’re thinking where I could be going with this.
One of the brightest stars the Rockaways has seen is the late Raquan Elliot aka Stack Bundles. If you are not a fan of rap music this name may not be familiar to you, however, if you have a grandchild, niece or nephew ask them. Stack represented and introduced the world to Far Rockaway aka “Far Rock: America.”
Last year’s Stack Bundles Stop the Violence Basketball Tournament was one of the most successful events to take place on the peninsula. For six weeks, the Rockaways celebrated the life of Stack Bundles two nights a week. Teams played their hearts out. The crowds were large and the energy was high yet there was no violence. When communities come together this makes a difficult task much easier. The police, schools, principals, school safety agents all played a part. Shout out to the principals at P.S. 42, Queen Makedaa and Principal Flynn, organizers Manny and Lakia, the Elliot family, players, the fans, Uncle Skeeter and the I Grind Do You team which documented this entire event. Footage from last year’s tournament as well as this year’s can be viewed on youtubeigrindinctv.
A meeting was held Tuesday at the Redfern Community Center for players and those interested, to announce the teams, dates and times for this year’s games. In attendance were Deanne Ferguson, Nick Masters, Queen Esther, 101 Community Affairs Officer Roaper, Isaac Parsee, family and friends of Stack Bundles and our newly elected Councilman Donovan Richards. Mr. Richards joked, “I will be coming out of retirement to play in the tournament this year, but if any one fouls me they will get arrested by101 Community Affairs Officer Roaper.”
This year’s tournament will begin Tuesday, May 14th, at P.S. 198, Goldie Maple Academy. The games will be played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. The first game begins at 6:00 p.m. with the second following at 7:15 p.m. To get a full schedule and teams participating email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a basketball clinic for children before the games that are played at PS 42 with opportunities to meet with players.
Any questions or comments e-mail me. If I don’t know, I will direct you to the proper person. Come out and support while enjoying good basketball but more important read The Wave....