Ex Heat star Strickland honorary chair of Jr. OB Basketball Classic

The Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic has announced former Miami Heat and NBA star Mark Strickland as the honorary chair for this year’s holiday tournament. This year marks the 24th anniversary of the tournament, which will take place at Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High School on Dec. 27-29.

Strickland played nine NBA seasons, most notably for the Miami Heat from 1996 to 2000. He has more than 20 years experience as a player and coach in the NBA, CBA, and WBA. Strickland has extensive coaching experience at the Division-1 collegiate level and professional ranks with the NBL and NBA-Development League.

Strickland will be launching his Pogo- Man Basketball Academy in Miami in January 2013. Pogo-Man Basketball Academy will offer personalized basic skills and exercise programs. In addition to personal coaching of other professional athletes and youth, Strickland is head coach for Gulliver Preparatory’s Junior Varsity team.

“The Junior Orange Bowl is very proud to welcome Mark Strickland as the honorary chairman for this year’s Basketball Classic” said Chuck Little, tournament chair. “Strickland has served as a role model both on and off the court in the South Florida community for many years and exemplifies the message the Junior Orange Bowl conveys to all of its youth participants”.

This year’s JOB Basketball Classic features some of the top teams from around the state of Florida and the nation. Top teams from South Florida include defending 8A State Champion and JOB Basketball Classic Champion Hialeah Gardens. The most notable talent in this year’s tournament is 6- foot-8 center Kennedy Meeks, a UNC commitment, out of West Charlotte High School.

Tickets will be available at the tournament site; admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children. All proceeds will benefit the Junior Orange Bowl.

For more information on the Junior Orange Bowl, call 305-662-1210 or visit the website at www.jrorangebowl.org

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