Updated: Jan 23, 2022
Last week, The Hoop Bus came through Raleigh, North Carolina to continue to highlight social injustices on its nationwide bus tour connecting the basketball community.
The event was co-coordinated by Wade Harris and Zo "Zobeone Knobe" Baxter. Harris owns the Raleigh Firebirds, a professional basketball team in Raleigh that competes in the TBL. Zobeone, a 3x3 basketball player and coach, is founder of Nomad Hoops.
The event was supported by several non-profit organizations, in the area, including Alley Oop Hoops, Building Foundations and Compass Youth Center. In partnership with Vaco, a talent solutions firm, Alley Oop Hoops donated four laptops to the event that were provided to children attending the event to support virtual learning.
The event was a reminder that the game of basketball brings together a diverse community, and you can’t love the game of the basketball without loving the communities that embrace, teach, learn and appreciate the game.
The event brought out many special guests including:
Dr. Dudley Flood, Retired Educator, the man who helped end segregation in North Carolina
Poobie Chapman, NCCU Legend, Activist and Enloe Basketball Head Coach
David West, Retired NBA Player, 2x NBA Champion, 2x NBA All-Star
Corey Branch, Raleigh City Council, District C, Mayor Pro Tem
Nolan Smith, Director of Basketball Operations, Duke University
Umar Muhammad, Professor of Sports Management at St. Augustine’s, Founder of Bull City Legacy
Coach Bob MacKinnon, NBA G-League Coach and Champion
Quincy Miller, Pro Basketball Player
Tyrrel Tate, Pro Basketball Player
Coach Gerroid Doughty, Founder of Elite Exposure and Coach at North Raleigh Christian Academy
Pastor Micah Mason, Raleigh Firebirds Team Chaplain
The event was covered by Hoop State Network.