JOHNSTOWN - Mixed Gender Basketball Association, Inc., an affiliate of Center Jump Professional Basketball, Inc., a new Florida-based corporation, will showcase a historic basketball team format where men and women will play together as teammates against other gender equity teams throughout the United States. MGBA, Inc. is "The World's Original and First Mixed Gender Professional Basketball League."
According to Heather Swart, National Director of Basketball Operations for MGBA, Inc., "the league has decided to base the two tour teams in the Kingston/Saugerties, NY area." The official player exhibition draft was held June 7, 2014 in New York, NY.
The MGBA, Inc. Cyclones will take on the MGBA, Inc. Scorpions on today at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Tip-off is at 2:00pm.
A few local players will be featured in this professional game, including former FMCC player Cordal Johnson and Gloversville's Brice Gray.
Tickets for this exciting even are $20.00.
Aug. 9 and 10 an MGBA, Inc. all-star game will take place at Rucker Park during Harlem Weeks as the Rucker Pro Legends Mixed Gender Basketball Tournament feature game.
Tip-off is at 6 p.m. for both days. Games are pending in Manhattan, Rockland and Poughkeepsie.
MGBA, Inc. has been featured in The Daily News, New York Times, The Kingston Daily Freeman, NY1, ABC News, MY9 and WNYC Radio and JET Magazine to name a few.
MGBA corporate owners plan to create a 40 regular game season, and at the conclusion of the first season, a "Final Four" styled tournament will be held where each team will compete within and across divisions for the MGBA's Challenge Cup and share in the monetary prize. "We believe that starting this league during the summer or fall will serve as a bridge between the end of the WNBA and beginning of the NBA seasons, and a symbolic evolution away from separate single-gender basketball," says founder Dr. John Howard, Jr.
The owners of the new league are Dr. John Howard, Jr., Founder and President and Mr. James Scott, Co-Founder and Vice-President. Dr. Howard played for the "Bearcats," graduated from the University of Cincinnati then received advanced degrees from the Ohio State University in Education. During his collegiate career, he played for the Bearcats from 1964 to 1968, and was also a former Harlem Globetrotter.
Other career highlights include; being a former high school principal, school district superintendent, and college English professor. Dr. Howard is the author of "The Mysterious Gems: The Black Ruby," along with several upcoming fictional books.
Scott, a businessman and real estate investor from New Jersey, says, "The MGBA will be exciting to watch because of a 4-point shot, FIBA rules, and men and women playing together as teammates which will allow for a high caliber of competition."
Several sites are being considered to host the MGBA Challenge Cup including: New York City, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, and Little Rock, Arkansas, and Los Angeles, California.
For more information, go online to the MGBA website at: www.mgbainc.com or contact: Heather Swart, National Director of Basketball Operations at (845) 389-9023.