SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame Member John Bailey, who excelled in track, soccer and basketball and who along with Carlton "Bud" Rose and coached by Al Balcomb, led the 1968 Vikings Basketball Team to a Group 1 New Jersey Basketball State Championship, will be conducting a free South Brunswick Community "Hoops & History" Basketball Skills Clinic for area youth on Saturday, September 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Crossroad South Middle School, 195 Major Road (Old South Brunswick High School). Immediately following the clinic at 11 a.m., there will be a Special Recognition Program and Salute to Coach Al Balcomb and the 1968 South Brunswick Boys Group 1 State Basketball Championship Team

This community basketball clinic will be sponsored in conjunction with the South Brunswick Police Department, PBA #166, FOP #51, South Brunswick Public Schools, South Brunswick Recreation Department and the Municipality of South Brunswick Township.

Bailey said, "I've assisted or led initiatives in community development, sports and education, electing  candidates to public office, enhancing police-community relations all over the country and I haven't really been involved or active in the community and school system that helped shape who John Bailey is. With that said, I decided, since I would be in town for my 50th Class Reunion (1968), that I would reach out to the Police Department, South Brunswick Municipality and School Leadership to see if there was an interest in hosting this free community basketball clinic. There was not only and interest, but Lt. Laszlo Nyitrai Jr., Town Finance Director, Joe Monzo and School Board President Harry Degado all saw the value and wanted to be involved in making this event happen. In addition, former South Brunswick High School hoop All American Donnell Lumpkin and New Jersey Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker have also agreed to participate. This opportunity to bring the youth sports community together with school district, the police department and the community around 'Hoops and History' was exciting to them as well."  

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"I have a lot of fond memories about my time in South Brunswick. Our State Championship ranks as an important event in my life along with my graduation from South Brunswick High School as well as the many friends I made here and will see at our class reunion. The opportunity to 'give something back' to community is high on my agenda and I am really looking forward to engaging and talking with these young people about the game and life on and off the court," Bailey said.

For more information, contact John Bailey at johnbailey062@gmail.com