Partnering with NBA Pros

SU joins Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford and others to promote non-violence
By Stacy Howard

Seattle University Athletic Director Bill Hogan and Master of Sport Administration Director/Professor Galen Trail are teaming up with top basketball athletes to promote non-violence and academic achievement as part of the three-day RIP the Cut Memorial Basketball Tournament this weekend at Cleveland High School. Hogan and Trail are on a panel of sports professionals who will discuss how sports, education and non-violence can lead to success.  

The 20-team tournament features players from the Puget Sound region, including current and former NBA players. Jamal Crawford and Nate Robinson have teams ready to play this weekend and more famous faces are expected. Prior tournaments have also featured former Sonic Shawn Kemp Brandon Roy, Terrence Williams, Aaron Brooks, Martell Webster, Spencer Hawes and others. The stars come out to promote non-violence in honor of Rahsaan Phillips, a popular Central District barber and Garfield Community Center volunteer who was shot and killed in 1998 at the age of 25.  Money raised from the event will be donated to selected public and private schools and community centers for books, computers, sports equipment, uniforms and more. 

Trail’s presentation, “Opportunities Beyond the Court/Field,” is part of the Sports Careers Expo on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The presentation is part of the Career Resources Fair which runs from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and showcases career and business opportunities in the robust multibillion-dollar sports industry.  

 “This is an excellent way to promote the value of academic achievement and attending college for young adults interested in sports,” Trail said. “That’s a key message during this entire weekend.”    

When: Saturday, May 28, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Basketball ball tournament, Seattle U staff and professional panel, career fair presentations) 
            Sunday, May 29, 9 a.m – 4:30 p.m. (Basketball ball tournament) 
            Monday, May 30, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Basketball ball tournament)    

Where: Cleveland High School 
               5511 15th Avenue S. 
               Seattle, WA 98108  

Daily tickets are $8 at the door. 

Seattle University offers a master’s level sport management degree (Master’s degree in Sport Administration and Leadership - MSAL) and a joint JD/MSAL degree with the Law School. The faculty and staff are committed to providing an excellent and stimulating learning experience to future leaders in the sport management field. 



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