Music recording artist and Carver alumnus Kenneth Shuler (FNX) and his Norwalk-based recording studio Factory Underground brought FNX's song "Hometown Love" and his many allies and fans together for a day of basketball, good food, and fun on Saturday, May 20th, at the Carver Community Center. See The Hour article about Hometown Love 2 on Wednesday, May 16th, here.
Saturday's community event included a ten-team “5 on 5” full-court basketball tournament drawing players from New York and from across Connecticut. Guests enjoyed games and a grand barbecue cookout.
FNX's original inspiration to launch Hometown Love at Carver in June 2016, (and here for another feature in The Hour) was to create a fun, interactive community-pride event, and to feed as many people as possible with a canned-food drive. Love of community is certainly reflected in the title of the event, named for one of his more personal songs.
FNX’s inspiration for this event arises from his personal story that The Hour and other media have written about in the feature articles referenced above. Carver played a significant role in FNX’s academic and professional music and business success.