Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League (AEBL) today announced its third annual summer basketball league will tip-off on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, at Grady High School. The new, larger venue is centrally located across from Piedmont Park and provides additional seating for fans, spectators and celebrity guests. AEBL, founded by Jah Rawlings in 2013, is Atlanta’s premier live sports and entertainment destination for competitive basketball. This year the league expands from ten to twelve teams comprised of talent from the NBA, college and universities, overseas players and local athletes and entertainers. The league’s primary objective is to promote a healthy physical and mental lifestyle, while also promoting community togetherness through basketball, music and half-time activities.
AEBL, the US’s premier summer basketball league, operates from June 6 – August 9 at Grady High School Gymnasium, located at 929 Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta. A few of the notable players participating in this year’s league include: Lou Williams, Will Barton, Jarred Jack, J.J Hickson, Dwight Howard, Thaddues Young, Will Barton, Jordan Hill, and Shelvin Mack; rap artists and entertainers: 2Chainz, Trinidad James, K Camp, and a range of tastemakers. AEBL’s third season begins with regular weekend play, consisting of 3 games on both Saturday and Sunday taking place at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Last year, the league welcomed record breaking crowds with a standing room only capacity for featured games. The season ended in dramatic style with the Sixth Man Award winner Louis Williams’ team, Uptown Sounds, victorious as the league’s 2014 Champion. The championship game was the first in AEBL history to go into triple overtime and ended with Will Barton making a jumper from almost the half court line to win the game with less than two seconds on the game clock. In a re-match of last season’s championship game, Uptown Sounds and Raunchy Clothing (formerly Gold Gang) face-off during the league’s opening weekend at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 7. Raunchy Clothing was the league’s champion in its 2013 inaugural season.
|WHO:||Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League (AEBL)|
|WHAT:||Kick-off & opening weekend of 2015 Summer Basketball League|
|WHEN:||Every Saturday and Sunday from June 6 – August 9
Games are played at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 on both days
|WHERE:||929 Charles Allen Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Parking is off of 10th Street at Grady High School Football Stadium and Gymnasium
|HOW:||FREE to public and community
More information available at www.aeblhoops.com
Following last year’s championship game, AEBL’s top talent traveled to Miami to participate in the South Beach Invitational. The tournament, hosted by New York’s world famous Rucker League featured the Rucker’s hardwood court in the sands of Miami Beach. The Invitational included elite teams from summer leagues around the country and each featured a celebrity coach. The AEBL, coached by rapper and entertainer, 2Chainz, won the tournament and cash prize of $25,000 and most importantly respect from other summer leagues throughout the US. AEBL is expected to return to Miami late this summer to defend their championship.
League highlights include:
- The Voice of the AEBL, local personality, Bria Janelle returns to the league with a new radio partner, V-103 and 92 The Game.
- The implementation of youth basketball games to further engage with the community and mentor local youths.
- AEBL is scheduled to host a special game between Atlanta Police Department and AEBL’s All-Stars.
- A special influencer game featuring Atlanta-based music artists, athletes, DJs, and more facing off during the league’s Championship Weekend.
The primary focus of the league is to provide children and families with a safe, healthy and FREE environment for sport, entertainment and camaraderie. AEBL takes pride in giving back to its local community and making a difference in the lives of today’s youth. AEBL, in conjunction with 2Chainz’s Tru Foundation, will host a Back to School Drive to excite kids about returning to school. The event provides students with school supplies such as backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks and more. AEBL also will partner with local beauticians and barbers to provide children with free haircuts and hairstyles.
About Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League
Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League (AEBL), founded by Jah Rawlings in 2013, is Atlanta’s newest live sports and entertainment attraction for competitive basketball played by current, former and aspiring NBA players, celebrities, entertainers and local athletes. AEBL, the US’s premier summer basketball league, operates from June – August at Grady High School located in midtown Atlanta. The league provides a FREE, live entertainment venue for Atlanta’s local community, while attracting guests and players from across the US. More information is available at www.aeblhoops.com.
|June 6||AEBL Kickoff 4:30pm|
|July 4||Professional Players Activate & AEBL 4th of July Cookout @ Piedmont (tentative)|
|July 29-31||AEBL x Atlanta Hawks star Demarre Carroll Youth Summer Basketball Camp @ Grady High School|
|Aug 2||AEBL x 2Chainz Tru Foundation Back to School Drive & Free Youth Clinic (Location TBD)|
|Aug 8||Final 4 & Influencer Game|
|Aug 9||3pt/Dunk Contest, Championship Game & Concert|
|Aug 15||AEBL All-Star Game at Dreams & 808’s Festival|
2015 AEBL Teams
|Uptown Sounds (Lou Will)||Coalition DJs||QM3|
|Street Execs (2Chainz)||C4||HDMD (Hand Down Man Down)|
|TSF (The Skill Factory)||MMB (Money Makin Brothers)||BlackTopATL/Madoff Records|
(Formerly Gold Gang)
|Good Life Music Grp||Mccoughtry Dream Team (WNBA Atlanta Dream)|
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