Nashville, TN (PressExposure) January 30, 2013 -- In a special ceremony 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 a banquet catered by Carol Ann's Home style Cafe©, 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 ceremony and banquet 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 will take place Feb 16th at 5pm. Individual tickets are $40, and tables of eight are available for $300. It is open to the public, and tickets are available at [http://www.nashvillecityhoops.org]. All proceeds from the event will go to Nashville City Hoops to set up basketball hoops in communities around Nashville "so youth will have a place to go, put down their cell phones and develop their real social skills while developing healthy bodies and a real community," according to the website.
Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a week-long exhibit 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 ceremony will be Saturday, February 16, 2013 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 in the church's community room.