Entering Year 5 of the “Dream Classic” basketball tournament, director Akeem Hemingway has decided to give more back to the community.
This year the tournament – featuring adult teams playing for a title – will be Aug. 9-10 at Canal Recreation Center and feature a back-to-school drive. The tournament had previously been played at Myrtle Beach High School.
Anyone wishing to watch the action can get in free with the donation of a school supply item. The first 100 guests will receive door prizes.
“We decided to take it to a different location and combine it with a back-to-school drive. That way we’ll have a bigger purpose,” said Hemingway, a Myrtle Beach native and trainer for cousin and NBA player Ramon Sessions. “It’s for kids that [are] really in need, helping out when they need school supplies and just in general just to get them what they need. We just want to help them get back to school and help out the parents.”
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The tournament will consist of six teams and the cost is $300 per squad. For more information, call 602-7071.
Galloway back from Bahrain
A few years ago, injuries forced Myrtle Beach native Trello Galloway to consider hanging up his high tops.
Now, the veteran of overseas basketball is playing some of the best ball of his career.
Galloway began the season in the Bahrain Premier League with Al Ahli before being traded to Sitra.
Galloway said he averaged around 26 points and 16 points per game after the trade while helping a struggling Sitra squad.
“It’s the best I’ve played in probably six years,” Galloway said while helping conduct Sessions’ youth basketball camp this week at Myrtle Beach High School.
While taking time off a few years ago, Galloway got the itch to play again while spending time with Sessions.
“Just being around it so much I missed it,” Galloway said. “And knowing the fact I could still compete and play with those guys at a high level I promised myself that if God gave me a chance to get back in I wouldn’t stop until he took it away from me.”
He likely isn’t done yet. Galloway said Sitra has already expressed interest in bringing him back next season.
“It’s my blessing,” he said. “It’s what God has blessed me with to be able to do and I have to do everything in my power to make use of it.”