It was funny to see all of those New York fans down in Atlanta cheering the Knicks on as they humiliated the Atlanta Hawks, 92-79, Sunday night. There is nothing like seeing fans, going back and forth bragging about their favorite teams that could get almost as
competitive as the players. Well, it looks like basketball players and fans from New York and Los Angeles will get a chance to go at during the Peoples Games.
The Peoples Games are the brainchild of Armyan Bernstein, the award-winning producer and chairman of Beacon Pictures, and seven-time Emmy award winning Terry Jastrow. They wanted to set up a basketball competition between the cities of Los Angeles and New York where amateurs battle for bragging rights of hardwood supremacy. The Peoples Games Competition is not about money or fame. This is about the love of the game and the honor of representing your city. Bernstein and Jastrow have partnered with the New York City Parks and Recreation and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to make these games a reality. The organizers also plan to expand the games to
other cities and countries in to include other sports like baseball and soccer.
There are no major sponsors or TV backing for this event. Therefore, the focus will be solely on the play on the court and not pomp and circumstances surrounding it.
Hall of Famer Earl “The Pearl” Monroe has been tabbed to coach the New York squad while his long time adversary and former UCLA and Laker great, Lucius Allen, will coach Team LA.
As long as you have not played professional basketball and are over the age of 18, you can try out for the teams. A series of three tryouts will be held in each city starting this Sunday, March 13th. To sign up for the tryouts, register at www.PeoplesGames.com
and follow the instructions. In the New York area, you can also register at one of the
following tryout locations:
Bronx: St. Mary’s Recreation Center, 450 St. Ann’s Avenue, Bronx, NY 10454
Brooklyn: St. John’s Recreation Center, 1251 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Manhattan: Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center, 80 Catherine Street, New York, NY 10038
Queens: Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355
It does not matter if you earn a living as a lawyer, teacher, janitor or police, If you have game and think that you got what it takes to represent our city, then sign up.