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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Positively Muskegon - The Kids Beat - Trevor Hilson Talks Lake Hawks Basketball

Four years ago, Harold Whaley, who was an ABA official at the time, wanted to make a new basketball franchise on the western side of Michigan. Grand Rapids was one of his first ideas, but with the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA D-League already calling GR home, it would’ve made things difficult. He then chose Muskegon, even though he was warned about the violence. 

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Now in their fourth season, the West Michigan Lake Hawks have had success in not only the playing portion of the sport (winning back to back titles), but also in giving back to the community. Community involvement and a good character is one of the things that head coach Ron Jenkins looks for from his players. When asked why community involvement was so important, Coach Jenkins said,”It’s because I grew up here, and seeing the violence, the lack of mentor-ship, and the lack of togetherness at times.” 

For me, watching these young men pass, shoot, steal, and block the ball like they do is phenomenal. Their style of play, and the energy showed by these players is incredible. The Lake Hawks are an amazing basketball team to watch, and some of those players surely will fulfill their dreams of making it to the big time. They have done so much in the community, whether it be visiting schools or showing up at charity events.  I had a chance to catch up with Coach Ron Jenkins and player Xavier Fletcher to learn more about the team.  Take a listen to our chat below.

They have invested so much time in this community, that we need to support them and their players, staff, and coaches. Their next home games are at Reeths Puffer High School and are on February 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, and March 4th. Tip-off is at 6:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss this ABA action!   For more information, click on the Lakehawks logo below!

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