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 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!

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