CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia men’s basketball will have an alumni team in this summer’s The Basketball Tournament, team representative Thomas Rogers (Class of 2014) announced Wednesday (Feb. 12).
The UVA alumni will partner with Hoops2o, a non-profit clean water program founded by former Virginia two-time All-American and current NBA star Malcolm Brogdon (Indiana). Virginia’s Tony Bennett serves as the head coach of Hoops2o. The team will dedicate a portion of the prize from the tournament to fund clean water projects in East Africa.
Former UVA stars Sean Singletary (Class of 2008), J.R. Reynolds (Class of 2007), Akil Mitchell (Class of 2014) and Darion Atkins (Class of 2015) headline UVA’s alumni roster, which plans to be among the 64 teams playing in the winner-take-all $2 million tournament. The complete UVA alumni team roster will be announced in the near future.
The Basketball Tournament’s 64-team field and eight regional sites are expected to be announced in February. Visit www.thetournament.com for more information.
Hoops2o is a program of the successful Waterboys initiative. Waterboys was started by 2018 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year and UVA alum Chris Long in 2015 and has delivered the gift of clean water to over 330,000 people in East Africa. Together with the NFL Waterboys program, Hoops2o uses a collective impact model to unite fans, professional athletes and coaches around the same goal: bringing clean water to one million people.
Hoops2o recruits players from across the NBA to raise funds and awareness for clean water initiatives in East Africa. Hoops2o includes UVA professional players Joe Harris (Brooklyn), De’Andre Hunter (Atlanta), Justin Anderson (Brooklyn), Kyle Guy (Sacramento) and London Perrantes (Washington).
To learn more about Hoops2o and the Waterboys mission, visit www.waterboys.org/hoops2o.