Nashville, TN (PressExposure) February 07, 2013 -- In a special event during Black History Month, players from the early years of basketball will be honored by the Black Legends of Professional Basketball Foundation. There will be refreshments, entertainment by the Interfaith Celebration Choir and a look at the history and future of basketball in this city.
The ceremony is being organized in a joint partnership between Dr. John Kline, founder of the Black Legends of Professional Basketball Foundation; Pastor Enoch Fuzz of Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. Brian Fesler of the Church of Scientology and Eldridge Askins, founder of the United Amputee Basketball Association Inc., amongst others.
The event is being hosted by the Church of Scientology. Rev. Fesler says, "It is important to recognize the struggle and courage these men had. They were pioneers, and deserve to be honored for their place in the history of human rights as much as basketball."
The event, sponsored in part by First Tennessee Bank, feature Fox 17's Toni Fitzgerald moderating a discussion between Dr. Kline, Eldridge Askins and Pastor Enoch Fuzz. This talk will highlight the past, present and future of basketball. The Junior Esquires will do a dance performance and various singers are contributing their time and talents.
While the event itself is free and open to the public, organizers are seeking additional sponsors. All proceeds from the event will go to Nashville City Hoops to set up basketball hoops in neighborhoods around Nashville "so youth will have a place to go, put down their cell phones and develop real social skills, healthy bodies and a strong community," according to the website, [http://www.NashvilleCityHoops.org].
Immediately following the festivities, there will be a week-long exhibit, exclusive to Nashville, with pamphlets, posters and photos on display of the early years of basketball (1900-1960), featuring the Harlem Globetrotters and the New York Rens.
The event will be Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 5:00pm, at the Church of Scientology, 1130 8th Avenue South. The exhibit will open that day and will remain open to the public for one week.