The Powerade Jam Fest may have been the headline act among high school slam dunk contests at the start of the week, but it wasn’t the only dunk fest going on. In particular, one in Houston certainly deserves a closer look.
The Hooping4Love dunk contest was part of the #Hooping4Luv event in Houston, an event put together to benefit the families of three Texas girls who died in a tragic car accident over spring break. The game featured future stars including Jarred Vanderbilt, Greg Shead (a Florida International signee), Courtney Lark (a Houston football signee), Maxwell Evans and Deon’ta Lagway, among others. The game and affiliated dunk contest were organized by friends of the three victims — Jade and Brianna Robinson and Brittanie Johnson — to help their families pay for affiliated costs related to their funerals. The teens taking part in the game wore shirts dedicated to the victims, and when it came time for the dunk contest, they slammed with abandon.
Shead eventually earned headlines from the contest thanks to a series of dunks that included a self-assisting reverse, a smooth Eastbay and a clean reverse thrown down while clearing a fellow player. That’s not to minimize the dabbing reverse dunks and the other highlights from the entire contest. Of course, the best part of the entire event was how it represented a larger prep basketball community coming together to do what it could in the face of a sudden tragedy.
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