The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All-Star Games, the ninth annual, was hosted Saturday, Feb. 23, at the El Faro Beacon facility on East 121st Street in East Harlem.
The games, organized annually by Bob McCollough and George Ball, directors of the Beacon, the Each One Teach One and SCAN NY programs, attract an array of ballplayers and coaches past and present who participate and spectate.
The game officials, Dave Warmack and Linzell Vaughn, did an excellent job executing their duties, but must be commended for the time and patience that they each took with the younger kids during their afternoon game, mentoring the young athletes. They made the experience for some as young as 8 years old, special, important.
As experienced as the officials are, the years that they’ve put in, both Warmack and Vaughn took time to assist each of the student athletes on the court, explaining to them what they did wrong, as well as encouraging them to improve.
“That’s what we want, to teach,” said Ball. “That’s why we use those two officials. They’re good with kids.”
They got the opportunity to operate in their official capacity during the High School Seniors East/West Exposer Game won by the West All-Stars 60-40 and the Junior Varsity East/West game won by the East, 56-44.
In the Legends Game, the Legends of Puerto Rico defeated the North Jersey Shore All-Stars 89-to-69.