As I write in this space of gratitude and love I would like to share my passion project that I’ve cultivated over the last 8 months. For those you who’ve been following my journey over the pass years got a chance to get a first-hand inside look. A big part of our “TGQ” platform is to capture iconic moments that reflect our culture, also sharing authentic experiences with our audiences. We started in an urban area in “Scarborough” , now we touring across NYC, LA, and Toronto.
With further a do, I’m proud to announce the TGQ x Yours Truly Project. This project will be photogenic/blog doc-series inspired by authentic experiences that represents for the CULTURE. Our objective is to capture iconic moments related to our defining sports, lifestyle and culture. Different environments help individuals expand their perspectives and I’m glad to share mine with our audience. In present times, we are defined by experiences that broaden our perspectives and worldviews. Seeing the world through new lens is makes life more exciting.
1. NYC Tour
NYC, The mecca of Basketball, The Concrete Jungle, and basketball royalty is claimed on these blacktops all summer. You can visit any street corner and you see or hear a basketball bouncing. Basketball is solely immersed in the Culture of NYC. Since the age of 11 I’ve always been drawn to the NYC hoop scene, this was from the early days of “AND-1” mixtapes and the Rucker park tournaments. The NY Energy is second to none; the crowd elevates the overall experiences for the hoopers. The one component that I’ve always identified with was the Passion and competitive spirit the NYC hoop scene breeds. NYC has produced some of the best hoopers in the world, and it’s always a great feeling to honour those who’ve paved the way for this generation.
For the third straight summer Nike’s NYvsNY has cultivated one of the nations prominent streetball tournament. Across various NYC neighborhoods reigns’ streetball icons, some of the toughest guards make to it out of these neighborhood parks. NYvsNY is a clash between the best of the boroughs. Dyckman, Tri-state, Gersh, Waston, West 4th, Lincoln Park all battle for ultimate streetball supremacy. Gersh Park wants to write history by capturing their 3rd straight championship title, They’re off to a 2-0 start, with victories over Tri-State and Watson. Week 4 will be live from Watson Park July 23rd.
3. Pro-City NYC
This year’s home for Pro-City NYC is the prestigious Columbia University on the upper west side. Reigning champs R2k are looking to follow the blueprint from last summer to repeat as champions. This season Sean Bell is stealing the spotlight, starting the season wit a 4-0 record. Pro-city NYC provides a high-level competitive atmosphere for all pros & college player to showcase their talents. The best part about NYC basketball is that anybody can be a star! It’s not about your name; you got to bring your game. NBA Stars such as Noah Vonleh, Mason Plumlee, Miles Plumlee, and Shabazz Napier have graced the hardwood at this year’s Pro-City NYC.
Thanks: @procitynyc, @nyvsny, @nikenyc, @nikebasketball @tgq.inc
Photography by: @nicolesweetsports , @bryant_a
Graphic by: @pvkhrajs