The sixth annual Back 2 School Celebrity Basketball Tournament was a complete success. This year’s event was the largest so far, filling the Vicksburg Junior High School gymnasium to capacity.
The free event, thrown by Jeremi Meekin and Kenny Green while hosted by Kerwin Claiborne along with music by DJ KG, provided entertainment to the adults and children. Over the weekend, over 800 book bags were given to children before the start of school.
Alcorn State University football players Cj Bolar, Kj Kinsler, Manny Jones, Calvontay Key, Skyler Jordan and Claude Cherelus made an appearance. Ben Blue, Reverend Casey Fisher and Andre Carter refereed the games.
High school graduates Terrance Johnson and Justin Myles were each presented with a $1,000 scholarship from the Hicks family in honor of her memory and dedication to education. Both students are 2022 graduates of Vicksburg High School and will be attending Alcorn State University in the Fall.
Grammy nominated-Multi-Platinum Producer Wheezy Outta Here donated $2,500 worth of gift cards and Claiborne donated $1,000.Police Chief Penny Jones and Sheriff Martin Pace also made an appearance and shared a few words with the crowd.
“The turnout was amazing because we had support from the whole community from the Police Chief, Sheriff and Mississippi Highway Patrol Captain and team,” Meekins said. “Our sponsors, Cricket Wireless, McDonald’s, Chic-fil-A, Home Depot, Balley’s and Ameristar helped us start the school year off with a bang.
“The event was super successful and we didn’t just give the kids book bags, we also gave them entertainment to carry on that excitement to the beginning of the school year because it takes a village to raise a child and July 31 we came together as a village.”