Former Rams hosting games

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:18 p.m.

Former Eastside High School athletes will host a basketball event at their alma matter that will feature former athletes from other Gainesville high schools and personalities from the local entertainment scene.



What: Three basketball games.
When: 6 p.m. Friday.
Where: Eastside High School gym, 1201 SE 45th Terrace.
Cost: $2; free for children four and under.
Information: Call 352-226-2372.

Three games will be played at the event, which will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the Eastside gym at 1201 SE 45th Terrace. Tickets will be $2 and free for children four and under.

Jerrod “Juicey” Owens, a 2010 Eastside graduate who will be a senior on the Northwood University in West Palm Beach basketball team next season, said the games will feature local rappers “So Cold,” “Cello the Great,” “C4,” “The ATLs” and “MRP,” along with teams comprised of University of Florida students and former students and athletes from Eastside (The Hawthorne Road Hoyas), Gainesville High School and P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School.

“This started last year when me and some of my friends came home from college, and that weekend just happened to be the anniversary of Dante’s death,” said Owens, referring to the anniversary of the May 19, 2007, death of Eastside star basketball player Dante Anderson, who led Eastside to the 2006 Class 5A state championship. “We just had a cookout last year, but we decided to do the basketball event this year as well.”

Owens said a cookout will be held again this year at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Cynthia Moore Chestnut Park at 2315 SE 35th St. He also said an event, yet to be determined, will take place on Sunday.

Owens said others involved in organizing the weekend events include former GHS athlete Clyde Byrd, a student at Troy University in Alabama, and former Eastside athletes Harold “Gator” Hoskins, a tight end at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.; Leon Houston, a student at Tallahassee Community College, and Montrell Ross, a student at Santa Fe College.

Eastside coach Pop Williams will referee the games with Willie Jackson, a former P.K. Younge athlete who also played basketball and football at the University of Florida before having a lengthy career in the NFL as a wide receiver, and Ronald Ray, a former Eastside basketball player.

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