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Bronx Oldtimers honor community achievers

Howie Evans | 8/10/2011, 4:07 p.m.

The Bronx Oldtimers Foundation, a nonprofit organization, traces its roots back to the late Richard "Skinny" Reed, a Hall of Fame basketball player from Benedict College in South Carolina.

Known fondly with love throughout the basketball universe of this city as "Skinny," Reed was the inspiration for the founding of "Oldtimers Day," a day in which thousands gather in Forest Playground and that has blossomed into the Bronx Oldtimers Foundation.

George Sabb, the organization's president, presided over the ceremonies that recognized and honored the charter class of Community Achievers. The diverse group was recognized for civic leadership, spirit of community involvement and commitment to enhancing the lives of youth in the borough of the Bronx and beyond.

The 2011 class of honorees included Dr. Albert Brooks, Dr. Mark Naison, Sylvia Irene Hill, Dr. Claude Mangum and Andre Robert Kaalund Sr.

The leadership of the organization, which is deeply rooted in members' past and present basketball careers, includes Phillip Gay, vice president; Anthony Burgess, second vice president; James Carter, secretary; and Kenneth Scott, treasurer. Membership also includes Robert Allen, Andrew J. Chappell, Margurite Chappell, Myles Dorch, Al Foster, Anthony Cherry and Derrick Murphy Sr.

Together, they hosted a sold-out event highlighted by the happy dancing feet of those who supported their initial event.