Game Elite, an Atlanta-based AAU team participating in the 17-Under division at this week’s adidas Super 64 tournament in Las Vegas, made quite a statement last night when its players walked into the gym wearing “I AM TRAYVON” T-shirts.
– Lori Stvns ZimmerMoM (@DVbballMom) July 25, 2013
Jeff Eisenberg of The Dagger reports that Game Elite coach Ryan Falker surprised his players with the shirts, which they wore during pregame warmups, on Wednesday afternoon. Falker and his players were gathered around a TV at another tournament two weeks ago when George Zimmerman, who was accused of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was found not guilty.
“It was refreshing for me to see how dialed in they were to a social issue outside of basketball,” Falker told Eisenberg. “Usually for many of them, it’s school and basketball and that’s it. But it was good to see they were surprised, they were shocked and they were affected when the verdict came out. I was happy to see that they cared.”
– Alex Bearup 2⃣3⃣ (@MyNamesAB) July 24, 2013
Game Elite dropped its first game of the tournament to Team Bradley by 19 points, but Falker said all of the reaction he received about the T-shirts was positive.
“The biggest point we were trying to make, and the kids understand this, is that could have easily been them,” he said.
Thanks to The Dagger for bringing this to our attention.