Monday, June 22, 2020

Raise #5 to the rafters for George Floyd t-shirt fundraiser complete, movement continues

The "Raise #5 to the rafters for George Floyd" t-shirt fundraiser is now complete and we sold 36 t-shirts. This raised $176.49 total. First off, thank you to everyone who bought a t-shirt and spread the word - Marvin and Mandy Billups, Spencer Smith, Sadia Alroabie, Alexis Ozoria, Bianca Lisa, Olivia Oyola, Kaheem Davis, Sandra Sanabria, William Davis, Shanyka and Beatrice Scott, Jermaine Lewis, Jason Lewis, Patrick James, TJ Schorr, Kevin Major, Corey Orgias, Jenee Johnson, Kevin Johnson and John Simmons. Also, shout out to our trivia contest winners - Branden Gibson, Marvin Billups Jr, Nkeba Baker, Spencer Smith, Corey Orgias and Daniel Jacas.

Our goal was to sell 50 t-shirts which was projected to raise $288.50. With Max's All Stars matching that amount, our donation to https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd would have been $577.00. Unfortunately, we fell short of our fundraising goal - but that's okay because Max's All Stars covered the difference and rounded up to make a donation of $600.00. Our contribution will be split among dozens of community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers.

Even though our t-shirt fundraiser is now complete, the movement we have created will continue. Max's All Stars remains committed to using our platform to speak out on issues of social and racial injustice. We will continue to share historical facts, make donations and sign petitions. Whatever we can do to help make this world a better place, no matter how big or small, let's do it together. If anyone has suggestions for organizations to support and things we can do to help the cause, please contact us. Thank you.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Raise #5 to the rafters for George Floyd

Raising a banner to the rafters, to commemorate a championship or an individual player by retiring their jersey number, is one of the highest honors in sports. George Floyd was a basketball player, just like so many of us. In this article by Jerry Bembry, George Floyd's athletic career is detailed. Eddy Barlow is quoted saying “In basketball, he was a Dennis Rodman type, a blue-collar player." Barlow added "George was idolized by young boys living in the projects because he was the first guy that many of us witnessed get an athletic scholarship where we grew up. He was one of my role models. He was one of us. That’s why his death is so hard to take." The article goes on to mention how "Floyd accepted a basketball scholarship at South Florida Community College (now South Florida State College) to play for George Walker, who was in need of a power forward." "He was very athletic and had some ball skills big guys don’t have, so I offered him a scholarship," Walker said. "Those were the attributes I was looking for in a post guy." Floyd broke his foot early in his freshman year, but he came back and had a strong sophomore season. While the school didn’t track stats back then, Walker recalls Floyd averaging 14 points and eight rebounds that season. "Just a solid player for us," Walker said. "I could not have asked for more."

In honor of George Floyd and countless other victims of racial injustice, we are raising George's #5 South Florida jersey to the rafters with the message "Never Forget". We will never forget George Floyd and all victims of racial injustice.


All proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd. This donation will be split among dozens of community racial justice organizations and bail funds across the country. Max's All Stars will match our final total raised.

This fundraiser ends on June 20, 2020. Thank you!

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Statement from Max Margulis

I have stayed silent regarding the atrocities committed towards African-Americans such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others. The main reason for this is because I felt it was not my place to say anything. Who am I to comment about this? I’ve lived a very sheltered and protected life. I have not faced the type of hate and racism directed towards African-Americans. I have not experienced the fear they go through. That being said, I am keenly aware of the situation at hand.

In April 2015, I was in Baltimore with my family at the Orioles/Red Sox game during the Freddie Gray protests. As we walked to Camden Yards that day we saw people marching and demonstrating. We walked along route with them on the way to the stadium. It was surreal. We did not feel like we were in danger. Honestly, we felt their pain and anger.

A few years ago, I was a passenger driving with John Simmons and Shereef Taylor to Washington, D.C. for a basketball tournament. We got pulled over in New Jersey for something minor. The police officer was kind enough to let us go with a warning. Afterwards, as we continued our trip to D.C. – John and Shereef mentioned how the officer likely saw me in the car and that was the reason he let us go with relative ease. I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately. What if I was not in the vehicle with them? What if (God forbid) someone I know and love becomes a victim of this kind of senseless violence? The cruelty towards African-Americans, the police brutality, the racism, the hatred – it has to stop. It’s unconscionable that we are still dealing with this in the year 2020.

I always say that Max’s All Stars is more than a basketball team. We are a family and I am our leader. It’s my job to speak, especially in difficult times like these. Max’s All Stars must use our platform and resources to speak out on matters of injustice and make contributions to organizations that fight for what is right. Hopefully, whatever small difference we make will inspire change in the world that we so desperately need.

If anyone has suggestions for organizations to support and things we can do to help the cause, please contact us with that information.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Max's All Stars Fall 2019 ABC Hoops Final Results/Statistics

Final results and statistics from Max's All Stars Fall 2019 ABC Hoops season. Link: http://stats.abchoops.com/teams/max-s-all-stars
Final results and statistics from Max's All Stars Fall 2019 ABC Hoops season

Max's All Stars fall in first round of Fall 2019 ABC Hoops playoffs

On Sunday, November 24th, 2019 - Max's All Stars suffered a stunning defeat in the first round of the Fall 2019 ABC Hoops playoffs against Uptown Wolves by a final score of 48-47. Max's All Stars finished the season with a 5-3 overall record.
Box Score from November 24th, 2019
Uptown Wolves - 48
Max's All Stars - 47
ABC Hoops

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Max's All Stars drop to 5-2 at ABC Hoops

On Sunday, November 17th, 2019 - Max's All Stars dropped to 5-2 at ABC Hoops with a shorthanded loss vs Average Joes by a final score 65-54. Herman Billups, John Simmons, Kaheem Davis, Marvin Billups Jr and Shereef Taylor all played hard until the bitter end. Our next game will be first round of the playoffs this upcoming Sunday, November 24th, 2019.
Box Score from November 17th, 2019
Average Joes - 65
Max's All Stars - 54
ABC Hoops

Monday, November 11, 2019

Max's All Stars improve to 5-1 at ABC Hoops

Yesterday, Max's All Stars improved to 5-1 at ABC Hoops with a 68-51 win over Shootout Squad. Tempers ran high for the other team, but Max's All Stars stayed focused on the task at hand. A dominant first half allowed Max's All Stars to cruise to victory. Branden Gibson, Kaheem Davis, Marvin Billups Jr, Nikola Djurdjevic, Patrick James, Shereef Taylor and William Davis all played hard to earn this victory. Marvin Billups Jr was named Player of the Game.
Box Score from November 10th, 2019
Max's All Stars - 68
Shootout Squad - 51
ABC Hoops