Saturday, January 8, 2022

Max's All Stars collaboration with DC4L Custom Tees

Max's All Stars is proud to announce our collaboration with DC4L Custom Tees to create some awesome designs. These one-of-a-kind custom shirts are printed onto t-shirts and available for affordable prices. Visit https://www.dc4lcustomtees.com/product-tag/max/ to browse and purchase yours today! Swipe through some of the designs below and keep an eye out for more to come in the future!

Friday, December 31, 2021

Max's All Stars 2021 Year In Review

Max's All Stars returned to action after a nearly year-long hiatus. We started with a series of bi-weekly open runs that took place in January-March. In April, we joined the NYC Basketball League Mid-Winter Restart season on Saturdays. We finished the season with an 8-2 record and reached the championship game, but unfortunately fell short by a single point. In August, we played in The Give Back Charity Tournament and finished 1-0 there. That marked the end of Max's All Stars 2021 campaign. While we did not win a championship in our first year back, it was important for us to get together again and just play basketball. We shook off some rust and demonstrated the ability to still compete on a high level. Thank you to everyone who took part in our open runs/games this past year: Angel Gonzalez, Branden Gibson, Brian Hardy*, Corey Orgias, Deshawn Cann*, Doug Herring, Gio Gabbidon*, Jason Lewis, John Simmons, Joshua Smith, Justin Cardenas*, Kaheem Davis, Keone Billey*, Kevin Major, Kevin Young, Marvin Billups Jr, Maxx Miller*, Nikola Djurdjevic, Patrick James, Shaun Diaz, Shereef Taylor, and Spencer Smith. * - indicates new member of Max's All Stars.

Max's All Stars had a few new members join our team this year: Purchase College F/C - Brian Hardy; Purchase College guard and 2018 Skyline Conference Player of the Year - Deshawn Cann; Hunter College guard - Gio Gabbidon; two alums from our youth basketball program - Justin Cardenas (College of Staten Island) and Keone Billey (Kingsborough Community College); and Purchase College G/F - Maxx Miller.

We also setup a t-shirt fundraiser for Kaheem Davis who put together care packages for the high school graduating class of 2021. Kaheem provided the high school seniors with valuable tools to be successful. All proceeds of this t-shirt fundraiser went towards sneakers, clothing, gift cards, snacks/beverages for the incoming college freshmen. Max's All Stars is proud to support Kaheem and this tremendous cause for the second consecutive year and hopes to continue being active charitably in the future.

In addition to our return to basketball this past year, we also celebrated a lot of far more significant milestones off the court. Our players are winning beyond basketball - getting married, starting families, and achieving true success in life. That's what is most important. We look forward to more of that in 2022 and beyond + hopefully a few more wins and championships!

Friday, January 8, 2021

Max's All Stars Surprise Birthday Open Run

Back on December 19th, 2020 - Patrick James organized an incredible surprise open run for my birthday! Generally, I don't write in the first-person on this page because it's really about our team - but on this occasion I have to. This was honestly one of the greatest birthday surprises of my life and I am beyond grateful to everyone who took part. This team photo (see below) is definitely one of my all-time favorites and it should be on display at the Musée du Louvre! I had the absolute best time with everyone and I can't thank you enough! As far as the competition is concerned, Team Marvin faced Team Kaheem for four games (first to 15 points, 1s and 2s). Team Marvin won and the aggregate score was 60-44. Thank you Patrick for organizing this and to everyone who came through - Corey Orgias, Doug Herring, Herman Billups, Jason Lewis, Justin Cardenas, Kaheem Davis, Keone Billey, Marvin Billups Jr, Shereef Taylor and Spencer Smith. Also, thank you to Angel Gonzalez, Kevin Young and Rob Thomas who couldn't be there, but still showed love. I love and appreciate you guys so much! I am so thankful that we did this! Stay tuned for highlights coming soon!

Saturday, December 19th, 2020
Max's All Stars Surprise Birthday Open Run
Standing from left to right: Justin Cardenas, Keone Billey, Patrick James, Doug Herring, Spencer Smith, Corey Orgias, Max Margulis, Marvin Billups Jr, Shereef Taylor, Kaheem Davis, Jason Lewis, Herman Billups

Friday, November 13, 2020

Max's All Stars - Score For Autism

Max's All Stars is proud to submit this trick shot video in support of Score For Autism. Thank you to all the members of our team who participated - William Davis, Kaheem and KJ Davis, Adonai and Jason Lewis , Marvin Billups Jr, Daniel Jacas, BJ Warrington, Spencer Smith, and Nikola Djurdjevic. This is a tremendous cause that we are honored to promote and contribute to. 100% of the proceeds raised from Score For Autism will go directly towards Mass General’s Lurie Center for Autism and Nashoba Learning Group! Please visit https://because.massgeneral.org/campaign/scoreforautism/c291830 to learn more and make a donation! Thank you!

Also, special thanks to Yuly Margulis and ARTEMIS, Inc. for taking part and chipping in as well!

Sunday, November 8, 2020

2020 Max's All Stars Community Service Award presented to Kaheem Davis

We did not induct any new members to the Max's All Stars Hall of Fame this year, but a very special new award was introduced. The first-ever recipient of the Max's All Stars Community Service Award is Kaheem Davis in recognition of his efforts to provide mentorship and resources to local graduating high school seniors this year. Hopefully this award inspires all of us to make an impact within our communities. Congratulations Kaheem!

2020 Max's All Stars Community Service Award
Presented to Kaheem Davis
October 24th, 2020

 

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Third Annual Max's All Stars Hall of Fame Game/Open Run

Two weeks ago, on October 24th, 2020 - Max's All Stars hosted an unofficial Hall of Fame Game/Open Run at The Post BK. Thank you to Indoor Hoops for allowing us to rent the court. Jason Lewis and Spencer Smith were our two captains. Obviously this was not a normal Max's All Stars Hall of Fame Game. Unfortunately, capacity was limited so we were not able to have all members of the Max's All Stars family take part. There were no spectators, no referees or scorekeepers - but this was still a very special event. It was the first Max's All Stars basketball event held in 2020. Getting everyone together, catching up and playing some basketball was extremely gratifying during these difficult times. It should be noted that all the necessary precautions were taken. The Post BK and Indoor Hoops had very strict COVID-19 protocols that we all followed. All players were pre-registered online, temperatures were taken and masks were worn at all times when we weren't playing basketball. This was a fun and safe environment. As far as the competition is concerned, Team Spencer faced Team Jason for five games (first to 15 points, 1s and 2s). Team Spencer won and the aggregate score was 75-58. Spencer Smith was named MVP. Thank you to everyone who participated - Angel Gonzalez, Corey Orgias, Jason Lewis, John Simmons, Justin Cardenas, Kaheem Davis, Keone Billey, Kevin Major, Marvin Billups Jr, Nikola Djurdjevic, Patrick James, Rishawn Johnson, Shaun Diaz and Spencer Smith. It was especially wonderful to see two members of our youth basketball program who are all grown up now - Justin Cardenas and Keone Billey. They are both outstanding young men and we look forward to watching/supporting their journeys. Hopefully, we can all get together again soon to play some more basketball and eventually resume competing in leagues/tournaments.

Here are links to the highlight videos:
IGTV: instagram.com/tv/CIOMHZEBy0u
YouTube: https://youtu.be/xsd9DifaoMs

Saturday, October 24th, 2020
Third Annual Max's All Stars Hall of Fame Game/Open Run
Standing from left to right: Nikola Djurdjevic, Kevin Major, Shaun Diaz, Justin Cardenas, Angel Gonzalez, Corey Orgias, Max Margulis, Rishawn Johnson, Keone Billey, Jason Lewis, John Simmons, Patrick James, Kaheem Davis, Marvin Billups Jr, Spencer Smith (MVP)

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" CustomInk 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.