Philadelphia Spirit basketball brings entertaining professional sports fun for the entire family at prices that will not break the bank. Philadelphia Spirit is the newest basketball franchise to become part of a rich history of professional sports teams in the Philadelphia market. Chief Executive Officer Troy C. Oglesby, the brainchild behind this latest surge of local, high octane sports excitement, brings together a talented support staff and roster of professional athletes that know how to light up a scoreboard in a hurry.
Here comes the Philadelphia Spirit of the American Basketball Association (ABA). Yes, the Spirit is the same organization responsible for some of the most successful NBA legends of all time which include notables such as: Moses Malone; Julius “Dr. J” Erving; Rick Barry; Dan Issel; David Thompson; George McGinnis, Maurice Lucas, Louie Dampier and George “Iceman” Gervin just to name a few. The current ABA consists of over 100 teams and is the largest professional sports league in the United States.
The ABA’s explosive style of game play keeps fans on the edge of their seats for a full 48 minutes partly due to the unconventional rules of play that make the game competitive, while giving players the ideal stage to highlight their talents and entertain the crowd. The ABA is serious basketball—the real deal with hard-nosed competition across the league. Make no mistakes about it, the ABA style of basketball provides no “Globe Trotters” flashbacks. It does however bring highest levels of professional basketball, unrestricted by conventional NBA rules. Excited fans get their monies’ worth and then some.
Catch Philadelphia Spirit basketball led by legendary coach Darryl Gladden, his son Darryl Gladden, II and Antonio “Tony” Paris. Last but not least athletic trainer Gregory “Graig” White brings over 20 years of successful performance experience to the team. The coaching staff is a passionate group that strive hard to bring the best out of each player while keeping sportsmanship and high moral value at the forefront.
The roster consists of a who’s who of extreme basketball talent with current players formerly from the NBA, European Professional Leagues and big time Division I collegiate powerhouses. The spark of the Philly Spirit include forwards: Primo Andrews, #99; and electrifying Charron Fisher, #24; centers: CJ Aiken, #44; 6’10” Sean McKeon, #21 and defensive powerhouse Pieter Prinsloo, #34; guards: Art Bowers, #5; Vincent Garrett, #4; speedy Paul Gause, #22; Roger Loatman, #1; high scoring Todd McCoy, #2; Kraig Peters, #21; Earl Pettis, #23; shifty Kenny Ross, #11; A. Stevens, #32; scorer Andre Woodlin, #25; Sterling Wilson, #3; and former Cleveland Cavalier, Golden State Warrior sensation Dujan Wagner from Camden, NJ who is making a strong statement across the league with his skill set and third chance opportunity to play professional ball.
Community service and creating a strong positive presence are essential to the Philadelphia Spirit mission. Players can be seen giving back to the community in numerous ways that support neighborhood pride, youth development and guest appearances across the local tri-state area. The Spirit organization believes in giving back while practicing high values on and off the court.
Game 3 of 22 will be played home court at the Life Center Fitness Complex located on 2035 Columbus Road in Burlington, NJ. The date, Nov 22, 2014. Come cheer the Spirit and get entertained by the fast tempo, high scoring style of play. Enjoy the incredibly talented and beautiful Philadelphia Spirit Dance Team as they perform electrifying dance choreography. Then there is the blue light. When the blue light comes on the game takes on a whole new level of basketball excitement.
Finally, the food is amazing. With tickets ranging between $10.00 to $15.00, bring the entire family out for a night of fun and giveaways. Get up close and personal with the newest wave of quality athletes, enthusiastic fans, the thrills, spills and game time events that spell excitement.
Opinion by D’wayne Stanelli
Photos by Valerie L. Trent Financial Group, LLC