Liberty basketball team stays busy
June 10, 2014
By Christina Corrales-Toy
The Liberty High School boys basketball team played its final minute of the season in February, but the work never stops for the Patriots, who have a busy summer on tap.
Liberty’s long list of summer events began May 30 with its first golf fundraiser at Renton’s Maplewood Golf Course. More than 130 people attended the golf tournament, which also included a banquet and silent auction.
Assistant coach Steve Kelley, a former Seattle Times columnist, was the banquet’s master of ceremonies, while former Seahawks Mack Strong and Paul Moyer were special guest speakers.
“I was so thankful for everybody’s generosity,” Liberty basketball coach Omar Parker said. “I looked out at all the people there to support Liberty basketball, and I got a little emotional.”
Parker wasn’t quite sure how much money the event raised, but he said it was likely the program’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The funds collected go toward supporting the Liberty boys basketball team and the Liberty Select Basketball Association.
Up next, the Patriots will host their second annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament June 14 at Liberty High School. Last year, more than 120 girls and boys from grades three through nine competed.
“It’s a great tuneup before Spokane Hoopfest at the end of the month,” Parker said.
Spokane Hoopfest, held June 28-29, is billed as the biggest 3-on-3 competition on the planet. Online registration for Liberty’s tournament closed June 7, but Parker said last year they accepted team registrations at the event. The team fee is $100 and includes a three-game guarantee.
Exactly 10 days after Hoopfest, the Liberty boys basketball program will host its first of two youth camps, June 24-26, in the school gymnasium. The camps, facilitated by Parker and the varsity team, teach the game’s fundamentals. The second camp is scheduled for July 29-31. The youth camps are $125 per participant.
Register for the youth camps, and learn more about Liberty basketball’s lineup of summer events at www.libertyselectbasketball.com.