The second-annual Kokomo High School alumni basketball game will take place at Memorial Gym on Thursday, Aug. 1, and the sixth-annual Summerfest event will take place at Studebaker Park Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 4.
Put on by Mo Boy LLC, its founder and president Brandon Wood and vice-president Precious “PJ” Majors will return to their hometown later this week to sponsor the local events, which will benefit local student-athletes.
“I just want to invite everybody out, let everybody know we’re always transparent,” Wood said. “If anybody ever has any questions, concerns, ideas, or advice, I’m always open. We know it’s important to come together in order to make the impact that we really want to make, and we’ve been putting in a lot of work over the last six or seven years. We just want to invite everybody to embrace the work we put in.”
For the basketball game, there will be approximately 30 to 40 notable KHS alumni players competing at Memorial Gym, including Wood, Anne Thatcher, Audrey McDonald, Tayler Persons, Stacey Pollard, Alex Anglin, and Gordon Morgan.
The doors will open at 5 p.m., with the first tip-off at 6 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. There will be crowd participation contests in between games. Entry fee is $5, and children ages 6 and under are admitted free.
The alumni game was originally the idea of KHS 2005 graduate Vincent “Scooter” Quarles, the legendary forward, who is unable to attend.
“I know my partner PJ and I get a lot of credit for the stuff that we do in the community,” Wood said. “But [Quarles] has played a big part in what we’ve come up with. This event specifically was his idea, and we’re out here trying to execute for him.”
Summerfest will return to Studebaker Park for the free two-day family event. Beginning at 9 a.m., there will be an open men’s five-on-five basketball tournament with teams competing from across the Midwest. Additionally, there will be a 10-team corn hole tournament, raffles, games, live DJ, performances/talent show, guest speakers, and a kids zone. Food, beverages, and merchandise also will be available.
All proceeds from the alumni game and a portion of the Summerfest proceeds will benefit the Brandon Wood Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the promotion and development of young people in achieving their physical, intellectual, and social potentials, to build a scholarship fund to be awarded to Wildkat basketball players.
For more information or to donate, contact Brandon Wood at email@example.com.