Just a few things that seem to have slipped through the cracks this week.
SLAM Magazine had a great article spotlighting Mike Conley. Definitely a must-read.
The Commercial Appeal is reporting that prospective owner Robert Pera is actively seeking local ownership in his bid to purchase the Memphis Grizzlies. Could this signal a strong desire on his part to keep them in the Bluff City for the foreseeable future?
Mike Conley Basketball ProCamp
Join Memphis Grizzlies Point Guard and rising NBA star Mike Conley for basketball instruction and fun at the 2012 Mike Conley Basketball ProCamp.
Open to boys and girls ages 7-18, the two-day event is August 4-5 from 9 AM-12:00 PM at St.George’s Independent School in Memphis.
Conley will be on site the entire camp to direct camp activities, provide instruction and give daily talks highlighting the finer points of the game of basketball and beyond. He will be joined by a selection of the top prep and collegiate coaches from the Memphis area.
For more information, visit www.MikeConleyCamp.com or call 888-389-CAMP (2267).
Grizzlies and Grizzlies Charitable Foundation Named Sports Team of the Year
On Wednesday at a ceremony in London, Englad, the Memphis Grizzlies were honored as the Sports Team of the Year as part of the Beyond Sports Awards 2012. To make sure you understand the magnitude of this award, note that this is for the sports organization that does the most in terms of community work and charitable contributions….not just in the NBA or even in America, but for the entire planet. The Grizzlies were joined by the Boston Celtics, Queens Park Rangers Football Club, Tottenham Hotspur and RIHP NTH QLD Rubies as finalists in the category.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be named the Sport Team of the Year for this year’s Beyond Sports Awards. This year, we presented the combined work of the Grizzlies Foundation and the Memphis Grizzlies Community Investment efforts, both which operate initiatives and outreach to advance education and youth development in the Memphis region,” said Jenny Koltnow, Executive Director of Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation. “We’re grateful to our Grizzlies colleagues and partners throughout Memphis who’ve helped us achieve this milestone.”
“To be recognized today by Beyond Sport as the Sport Team of the Year for 2012 for our community work in Memphis marks one of the proudest days I have had as the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies,” Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley explained. “This award is a culmination of the hard work and dedication of our local ownership group, along with our team of players, coaches and front office staff, and I cannot thank them enough. Since Day one in Memphis, our goal as a franchise has been to become an integral part of this Memphis community and this award shows that we are having an impact.”
This also marks the second time that the Grizzlies have led the NBA in marketing/community efforts.
The Memphis Grizzlies will be holding auditions for the 2012-13 Entertainment Teams today at the Mallory Gymnasium on the campus of Rhodes College. The Grizzlies Junior Dance Team held their registration at 8 a.m. followed by the audition, which takes place from 9 a.m. – Noon. The Grizzlies Grannies & Grandpas performance team will follow this afternoon, with registration taking place at Noon followed by the audition from 1 – 3 p.m.
The Grizz Girls finalists will compete for the honor to join the team tomorrow at 4:00 PM at Gold Strike Casino in Tunica, MS.