Picture courtesy of Matisse Gaillard
All and all a fantastic season to go down in the record books. We kept our composure as things came to a boil at Venice Beach for the final weekend of the Venice Basketball League’s 6th season. As resident DJ of Venice Ball I can’t let you miss a beat so here’s what went down as the sun went down on the last Sunday of VBL 2012.
Teaming up with Ballin for Peace, a non-profit who uses recreation & entertainment to positively impact the lives of individuals from at-risk backgrounds, the day was filled with entertainment & top hoopers coming out to show their support while having a ball without drugs or alcohol.
The first tip off began with the All-Star Women’s game followed by VBL’s Championship battle between Beach Warriors & Team MouthOffs. Beach Warriors claimed bragging rights and took the title as VBL 2012 World Champions.
An intense first half of the Celebrity All-Star game commenced & a ton of inductees were announced into the Venice Beach Hall of Fame including our very own Nick Ansom a.k.a Jungle Boy. KVBL was running amuck during half time proving to be the not-too-distant-future contenders for the world championship.
Following the Hall of Fame announcements 5 participants took to the court to see who had the highest vert. VBL’s MouthOffs teammate Kirpatrick McCauley a.k.a Stretch set an all time record, jumping to new heights above the backboard (13+ feet), claiming his spot at the top for future hoopers to beat.
Our weekends out at Venice are over until next summer but that doesn’t mean we’re done. VBL will be participating in tournaments, winter leagues, camps, fundraisers etc. until we resume play next summer for the 6th season of the VBL. Nothing would have been possible without our sponsors & supporters(Vita Coco, Kombucha, APL…) Stayed tuned, because at the VBL the game never stops!