The Express return for a sixth season in the ABA this year (Photo by Augustine Dashiell, Plainfield Sports News).
Express Hosting ABA’s Haitian Relief Team
The Jersey Express of the American Basketball Association (ABA) is set to return for a sixth year of play, and the team has announced its home opener for the 2010-11 season. As part of an ABA initiative to assist Haiti in wake of recent traumatic events, the Express will host the league’s recently assembled Haitian Relief Team on Saturday, November 20th.
“This game exemplifies the different paths you may cross and the lives you may touch when you're associated with the ABA and the Jersey Express,” Express head coach Casaundra Smith stated. “We have an opportunity to assist some people who have been struggling to get their lives back on track, and we hope this type of humanitarianism will continue down the road for others. Having former NBA Players walk into our gym is a great honor, and I'm glad our players will get a chance to take part in this event. It should be a great day for all.”
Tipoff for this game will be at 6:00 p.m. at East Orange Campus High School, which is located at 344 Prospect Street in East Orange. The Haitian Relief Team is coached by 18-year NBA veteran Olden Polynice, who also joins the team on the floor. Former New Jersey Nets point guard and NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson brings additional splash to the organization as its General Manager, leading a team comprised entirely of Haitian players.
“To be able to open our sixth season of play by being involved with such an historical event is tremendous for the Jersey Express, and it speaks volumes for the work the ABA is involved in,” Express owner Marsha Blount said. “I commend Olden Polynice, ABA CEO Joe Newman and Kenny Anderson for their vision in putting such a wonderful organization and team together. Former NBA Stars who give back to the community, and in this case dedicate their time and effort to benefit Haiti, is the path that we've tried to lay since our inception!”
Blount also commented on the importance of this game to a country in need of help and support.
“This game means so much to keep the focus on the re-building efforts needed for Haiti,” she continued. “An all Haitian professional basketball team should bring about a sellout crowd to cheer them on. I'm also proud to announce that our illustrious Mayor Robert L. Bowser of East Orange will be in attendance to open the season, and he will help us kick off this wonderful benefit game.”
Tickets for this game are available now at www.jerseyexpress.net, with all general admission seats going for $10. Additional announcements are expected in the near future regarding celebrity appearances and a special halftime performance that will accompany the theme of the evening.