American basketball giants set for Dagenham charity match
PUBLISHED: 13:15 21 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:25 24 October 2014
An American basketball team that once boasted a pair of ex-Harlem Globetrotters will touch down in Barking later this month for a special charity match.
Dagenham Dragons were launched by former England rugby union international and reformed substance addict Jack Kendall in January, and will team up with the Lake Michican Admirals.
The PBL side will stay in Barking for two weeks from October 31, and will play in an exhibition game at Hornchurch Sports Centre on Wednesday, November 12, to raise money for children’s charity Karis May Darling Foundation.
The Dragons have already welcomed Admirals player Jaywuan Hill, after a Post story about fellow new recruit and NBA hopeful Ryan Wilson was shared on Facebook.
“I just posted the article about Ryan and put a request out on a basketball page for another big American player,” said Jack. “They got in touch and the next thing I know they’re all coming over here.
“They’re a really, really big team – it’s like welcoming AC Milan or Real Madrid to Dagenham. None of our lads have experienced anything like this before. It’s hugely exciting.”
The Admirals boast an impressive roster including 7ft 7ins “Big” Bob Wegner and Cliff Dixon, brother of current NBA top-scorer and most valuable player (MVP) Kevin Durant.
“It’s getting silly, but in a really great way,” Jack added. “I only launched this club for the local community and here we are welcoming top American sides.
“Hopefully if we can make enough noise and attract enough attention through partnerships like this, we’ll become self-sufficient.”
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