Today was the second stop of our Le Tour de Houston and we stopped today at the Kingdom Rock Church on Edgebrook. This church invested heavily in an indoor gym and most importantly 3 outside full courts with nice fiberglass goals and special sports tiles that provide a non slip surface. It is fairly new and a lot of people around town do not know about this venue so it was a good way to bring hoopers to know this place. Unlike the first stop which was at South Park where they are every day hoopers, we specifically needed everyone to come out because there wouldn’t be any games played. Sure enough several people confirmed during the day that they would stop by and get some games going.
A few people from our Facebook group had mentioned they were going to stop by with a team already to run, they even mentioned “we are not going to pick frank” so I told them okay no problem I’ll get my own team and run the court. I won’t say any names to protect their identity but they ended losing against a couple of middle school players no older than 15 years of age 😀 I had called next and so it was my turn to get on the court and sure enough we got on there and beat the youngsters, but props to them they were really out there hustling, passing, defending and making things difficult.
One of the things of playing too much basketball when you are in your 30’s is that your body starts hurting in ways it never hurt before as opposed to when you were younger, shin splints, sore feet, thighs, back aches … I’ve been playing with all these things, but I really wanted to play today so I went over to walgreens during my lunch time and bought some Icy Hot cream and put some on my shins and thighs and took two advils an hour before heading out, and amazingly I was able to play pain free. I didn’t score too many buckets, but we didn’t lose at all after 6 games of playing 😉
It was really awesome to go out there today and have everyone show up. It was a good little work out and even though it was hard to see at times since one of the lights kept going off due to electrical problems we still had a good and positive experience. We even met a few new hoopers that lived across the street from the church that said “We never see anyone play here so when we saw you guys, we came out” and we told them about our group and what we are about and hopefully join us in the near future. Shout outs to everyone that came out today; Carlos Ortiz, Eduardo Campos, Brandon Palacios, Ryan Cathcart, Luis Lessing, Kevin Tran, Miguel “Poopy” Olveda, Rudy Ortega, Matthew Gilbert and his son Ishaiah Gilbert, Allen “Megaman” Rose, Tremaine Lewis, Joel Espitia and Alexander Cheek. Our next stop is February 29th at the home ground of Houston Streetball, at Charlton Park, make sure to stop by and remember #houstonstreetball.
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