The UConn men’s basketball team will be spending this Friday night in Hartford, participating in an anti-violence community event at Weaver High.
The “stay safe, Hartford” program at Weaver will bring in high school and middle school boys and girls for basketball tournaments, aimed at providing the neighborhood with a safe, fun outlet. Sen. Chris Murphy is organizing and hosting the event, and among his staffers is Phil Gamble, former UConn guard who recently relocated back to Connecticut.
The Huskies, who are practicing late Friday afternoon, will get over to Weaver about 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6, for various skills contests – slam dunk, three-point shooting, pickup games.
Kevin Ollie, Jim Calhoun and various players will speak, and UConn players will take part as refs for some of the games. The action will be quick, 15-minute running halves, and go from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30
There will be pizza, and Hot 93.7 FM will be broadcasting live.