BronxWorks Hosts First C-Ball Tournament

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

BronxWorks began activities at the Classic Community Center in the Melrose section of the Bronx on Saturday, January 4th by launching the 2014 C-Ball basketball tournament.  The tournament is designed to bring together elected officials, community leaders, and prominent individuals from each of the borough’s 12 community boards (CBs).

In the fourth quarter of 2013, the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) asked BronxWorks to assume overall responsibility for the operations of the Classic Community Center, which is located at 286 E. 156th Street in the Melrose section of the Bronx.  Ms. Lisette Nieves, who has overseen the operations of the Betances Community Center less than a mile away, will now have overall responsibility for the Classic Center as well.



The first of the C-Ball (Community Board Athletic Leadership League) events was held at the Classic Center for Bronx CB 1, bringing in a crowd of more than 500 to watch a series of basketball games played by young men and women representing the community notables, including the Monroe College women’s basketball team, said Robert Brown, BronxWorks’ coordinator of programs for teens and adults at the center.  From now on, C-Ball events will be held at various locations on the first Saturday of every month for the next 12 months to encompass each of the community boards, he said.

Among the prominent guests for the kickoff event were Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; Councilman Fernando Cabrera; Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda; Kym Hampton, a retired New York Liberty star; hip hop performer Peter Gunz of Love & Hip Hop New York, and actor Mark John Jeffries, who played Little Caesar in the movie Notorious, about the life of Christopher Wallace, who was popularly known as Biggie, Biggie Smalls, or Notorious BIG.  The C-Ball events are organized by Sleep Johnson, publisher of Yo! magazine, a hip hop-oriented publication, with the intention of bringing community people together.
 

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