Alumni Basketball Classic to take place Saturday
BALDWIN — The public is invited to attend the 17th annual Cynthia Arlene Best-Fitz (CABF) Alumni Allstar Basketball Classic on Saturday. The event, which takes place during Troutarama each year, is a fun way for alumni from Baldwin Community Schools to compete in a basketball game and contribute to the community.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, at the Baldwin High School gym. The women’s game begins at 3 p.m. and the men’s game follows at 4:30 p.m. The Hall of Fame inductions will be at 4 p.m. The cost of the event is $5 per person.
“These games are about bragging rights and who still has the skill from the past,” said event organizer Quizan Fitz. “Moreover, its the fun we have with each other still playing the game we grew to love at Hollister Park and the Max Brail (Baldwin High School) gym.”
Fitz began the alumni basketball classic in 2002, following inspiration from being in the gym with other alumni from Baldwin during the Reggie Fox basketball camp.
“After three years of hosting the alumni basketball classic, it grew to become one of the highlights of the summer during the Baldwin Troutarama. In 2005, my mother, the late Mrs. Cynthia Arlene Best-Fitz, passed. She was a English teacher at Baldwin High School for 33 years at the time of her death. My brothers and I then decided to change the name to the CABF Alumni Allstar Basketball Classic in memory of our mother.
“The event has featured many past great star alumni in the men and women’s games.”
Other activities during the classic include a dunk contest, free throw contest and various prize give-a-ways. T-shirts, CDs and other items are on sale so people can have memorabilia from the event, Fitz added.
“With the money raised at the event, I prefer to donate to the American Cancer Society due to that being the cause of my mother’s death, or other awareness or health organizations such as diabetes or mental health,” he said.
Last year, the Basketball Hall of Fame induction was introduced to the event, and it returns this year with an addition of a Football Hall of Fame to honor alumni athletes of Baldwin.
“The most enjoyable thing about the whole weekend is seeing all the alumni return home in unity and harmony, interacting with one another just like the old days,” Fitz said. “I hope to see the stands filled with alumni of all ages. This event keeps myself, my family and so many others still tied to a small community that we love even though we no longer live here.”
In addition to Saturday’s activities, there will be a youth basketball game at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 20, at the Baldwin High School Gym, featuring upcoming rising stars of Baldwin’s basketball future, Fitz added.