I grew up in awe of professional athletes. Wanting to emulate their moves on the court and their attitudes and swagger off of it. Growing up in Memphis, TN I remember participating in basketball camps throughout the city that frequently involved a NBA player like Penny Hardaway, Elliot Perry, and the late Lerozen Wright who would show up and talk with us for hours. Those are some of the best memories of my life. Over the last few decades I have seen a gradual decline in the role of the city athlete. We have grown to glamorize the big name players and forget about the players who lead active roles in the community they live in and play for. I think the ABA has made this opportunity more of a focus and that is why being a viable part of this historic league means so much to us. Building a stronger community through creative collaborations with local businesses and organizations will provide positive progression for all parties. We want to be the beacon for those opportunities.
Community outreach is a major aspect of the Tucson Buckets franchise. We are already proud supporters of our Junior Buckets basketball program. We have been able to assist young ball players in growing and maturing in the game of basketball and life. We pride ourselves on teaching winning attitudes on the court and in the classroom. Offering players scholarships for maintaining 3.2 and above grade point averages and pushing them to achieve all of their goals. We believe in order to reach our ultimate goals as a successful franchise we will need the support of the children in the community as well as the businesses who make up the community.
Businesses who look to expand their brands will be granted a new platform foreign to the greater Tucson Area. We want to be able to grow with the community and put a basketball team together that represents the personality of its patrons. Tucson is an artsy city filled with a beautiful history. So many brilliant business minds live here and we want to embody those people. Hard work will eventually pay off. This team has been an ongoing process and we are closing in on something historic and we would love to involve everyone that we can. Contributions not limited to monetary are always welcomed. We have intern positions that will be available this summer as well as during the season. Volunteers for home games will be welcomed. We look to bring on people in the city and graduates from the University of Arizona and Pima Community College to help manifest Tucson’s lone professional organization. From the Ground up!!!