The Tucson Basketball community is a large one. A city littered with basketball enthusiast and parents who played the sport at some point in their lives. Fast forward 15 years and they are now seeing an atmosphere where their children can thrive but exposure is limited. How do we change that? For most basketball has been an alternative to the negative things that our young boys and girls encounter daily. Growing up basketball kept me out of trouble and turned day to day successes into incentives that allowed me to continue to play the sport I loved. This week I have been able to see some of the Tucson basketball community live in action at the 1st Annual FAST MED Urgent Care Holiday Basketball Tournament that has been going on since Monday afternoon at Sabino High School. Sabino has a beautiful gym that has served as an amazing basketball atmosphere the past few days. The Tournament has five teams from the Phoenix area to go with seven teams from Tucson, from my perspective this has been a unique opportunity to showcase some of the talent that this city and state has to offer.
Over the past two days, I have been able to see where our organization can make a large impact in the city. The youth sports platforms that we are currently connected with pertain to our Junior Buckets program, as well as having several of our players and staff serving on coaching staffs for various high school and middle school programs we believe we can help in highlighting the cities talent. We want to focus on growing the basketball culture organically; through collaboration we can develop a platform that opens the doors for success on and off of the basketball court specifically tailored to players inside our city. I see a lot of talent but there is much development that needs to be made just the same. Tucson Buckets offers a dedication to elite basketball and as we work to display it on the court we will impact everything we encounter. Basketball is such a universal sport that the boundaries are endless with the right approach and attention to detail. Hopefully having a professional team offers a unique opportunity for our young ballers to see well played, competitive basketball on a regular basis. As we sharpen our swords in the professional ranks they will sharpen theirs in their respective leagues.
Supporting our youth programs is a vital part of maturing the basketball culture. Tucson Buckets wants to show our face at as many basketball events as we can. Share to our supporters the opportunity to attend those same events. Get in contact with us and we can figure out where our services will be useful.
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We have been working tirelessly to bring a unique experience to the Tucson Basketball community. Basketball is a sport that garners much attention in this city and we feel we have the players and tools to create something that can last a very long time. We are dedicated to creating a family oriented entertainment experience that will engrave itself into the minds of a generation. We understand our biggest allies are the children and adolescence of this city who have never been able to interact one on one with professional athletes whenever they want. That was a goal of ours from the start. We wanted to embody a community oriented team that built its foundation on how we affect the people who support us.
Our online ticket sales offer a great opportunity for you and your family to purchase tickets in the comfort of your home. You will be able to plan a great evening together with our inexpensive game prices. Online tickets also provide opportunities for discounts and other specials that we provide on our website. Join our Buckets Connect and receive even more information on discounts and special coupons at our local sponsors.
Our first game will be held at Lead Athletics on November 7, 2015. The doors will open at 7:30 and Online Ticket Sales will be cut off as the doors open. Game will start promptly at 8 PM. You will be required to bring confirmation email or printed ticket to the entrance prior to event. If any inaccuracies are found you will not be allowed entrance to the game. If you have any problems with printing the ticket receipt please contact us via email at Tucsonbucketsaba@gmail.com. Ticket Prices are below..
$70 and includes 2 game day tickets for all of our Home games. This price subject to change November 6, 2015 8:00 PM.
10-20 people- $90-$190 (Depends on kids/adult ratio)
20-30 people- $200-275 (Depends on kids/adult ratio)
Game Day Ticket Prices
Kids under age 16- $5
Military/ College ID- $7
Steady Growing our Community Outreach
We have been building our community ties over the last several weeks in an effort to mobilize our movement. As you all know this has been a growing process for us and wanting to engrave our values and mission into the fabric of the city is a vision we set out from the beginning. Weekly work with the Junior Buckets allows us ample opportunities to communicate and engage with young people in the city and have personally been able to understand some of the problems this generation deals with on a daily basis. As role models and coaches we feel like we have a responsibility to help keep kids focus on things that are productive to their lives and builds character. So in collaboration with the ABA we have started our Bullies are Cowards program which will gives a true opportunity to speak directly to the children of Tucson about the dangers of bullying and how to keep yourself away from it.
Our Bullies for Cowards Program emphasizes the 3 R’s. Respect, Responsibility, and Reputation. We believe all three of these aspects play a significant role in building character and keeping our youth out of trouble. We understand bullying is a part of growing up but if we can stop 1 or 2 people from becoming bullies just think about all of the kids we can stop from dealing with insecurities and fear of being different. As the new professional athletes in the city it is our responsibility to set the example and standard on how to treat people no matter the differences we possess.
Our first installment of this program we took a few of our players to Tucson Country Day Charter School. We popped up with the help of our event sponsor Eegee who happily donated a few buckets of Eegee flavor of the months to accompany our presentation. We introduced the Tucson Buckets 3 keys to success in a creative way. Played a few games with the middle school kids and allowed to enjoy being out of class while learning some valuable information about Respect, Responsibility and Reputation. Take a look at the footage and pictures from the event. We are looking to implement this program across the city at middle schools and elementary schools. If you think your child’s school would enjoy and benefit from our Bullies are Cowards program give us a call or email to set up a date.
Getting ready for November: Learn MORE About our Athletes
Over the past several months Tucson Buckets ABA Inc. has been hard at work developing a strong organization from top to bottom. We have dedicated owners and executives who have put all of their energy and resources on the line to bring something amazing to the city of Tucson. We believe in this opportunity and have been looking for players who believe in the opportunity just the same. This is a chance for every athlete we have chosen to take their basketball skill to the next level and reach a platform that can be lucrative for them.
Most of our players are Tucson bread and/or have strong ties to the city especially in the basketball community. We realize putting a team together from scratch would take blood sweat and tears to accomplish but the overall outcome outweighs the sacrifices that are needed to achieve our organizations aspirations.
After long hours and 3 strenuous tryout sessions done across the city we have narrowed our roster down to the 13 best players who took the opportunity serious and respected the sport of basketball in that process. We decided to not limit ourselves by age and size but open the doors to players who have the drive and vision to see the potential of a grass root organization and capitalize from it.
We want to build entrepreneur spirits and see our player go overseas to expand their dreams as far as they can go. We have issued 1 year contracts to each player that coach Mario Ramirez and his staff has chosen throughout this summer process. We are excited to introduce YOUR Tucson Buckets ABA Roster.
We have hired Mario Ramirez to head our coaching staff but we have helped him surround himself with dedicated assistants who have experience that will help push players to the next level. Bramaral Waters is a hard nose coach who speaks from the perspective of an ex player. We wanted to sit down and introduce our assistants and give them the platform to grow their names and portfolios for future positions. We realize everything is a process and we would not be this far in this journey as an organization without the commitment and assistance of Coach Waters. I sat down with him to ask him a few questions and see where his mind stood with the season approaching rapidly.
1. How have you enjoyed the process so far?
I have really enjoyed the process from the start when coaches and owners met to talk about expectations and how we can grow. The most exciting part is the talent we put together in our inaugural season.
2. Do you see your role expanding into other areas?
Absolutely, we are a new team and organization so there is plenty of growth that needs to be done and that includes taking on any role that I am asked to do. I am willing to do anything in order for this to thrive.
3. What do you think this team can bring to Tucson and the basketball community?
We know the people of Tucson love our sports, we want to bring something to the community that hasn’t been done in recent years. We want to bring a sense of pride to the area. Youth basketball is on the rise and here is our opportunity to put high level basketball right in front of their eyes.
4. Where are you from and tell me a little about your basketball history?
Growing up in the competitive Midwest basketball landscape. I had to learn the game fast in order to build a name. I can remember the first Basket I ever had that my Grandfather bought me to replace the milk crates, bike tires and anything else that we would use to substitute the real thing. I have generated my coaching style directly from the coaching influences I encountered throughout my playing years. Basketball has been a major part of my life as far back as I can remember and the passion I have for the game allows me to teach and coach the game comfortably but with results.
Tucson Buckets ABA will be debuting November 7th vs. the Orange County NovaStars at 8pm at Lead Athletics. This is fun family event that will be the first opportunity to see your own Tucson Buckets ABA play on their home court. We look forward to seeing everyone there!