TMT Basketball alumni come back to give back
By John Nash See the article in The Hour here.
NORWALK — In 2001, Terrence Fuller and Mike McElveen decided to reach out to the youth of their home city, teaching and mentoring through basketball.
That’s how TMT Basketball was born.
This weekend, more than 70 players who played either youth, travel, or AAU basketball at TMT Basketball are coming back to their home city to honor one of their own.
The first Bub Classic TMT Alumni Basketball Tournament will be held Saturday at Norwalk High School and Sunday at the Carver Center.
Multiple alumni teams are expected to be formed along with games involving present-day players at the two sites. All told, 11 alumni games are on tap.
The tournament’s moniker — Bub — is in honor of McElveen, who died last year after a short illness.
“Mike and myself, we had always kind of talked about getting some of our kids together that had graduated and gone on to college,” said Fuller, director of TMT basketball. “We wanted to put them in a tournament or something of that nature.”
An alumni tournament including all of his former players proved to be the most popular idea.
“We ran it past some of the guys and they were excited about it,” Fuller said.
Since TMT was founded it has helped to produce a who’s who of basketball players from the city.
Some of the alumni expected to be back this weekend are Evan Kelley (Sacred Heart), Steven Enoch (UConn/Louisville), Roy Kane Jr. (New Haven), Drew Sawyer (Endicott) and former McMahon basketball standout Lamar Tate, who now coaches with TMT.
As part of the weekend, TMT will be giving away four scholarships — two $500 scholarships to program alumni, and two $500 scholarships in honor of McElveen.
Norwalk High graduates Deandre Russell and Sarah St. Surin will be honored as McElveen scholarship recipients, while Notre Dame-Fairfield graduate Ian Gardner (Dominican College) and Trinity Catholic product Justice Page (Hartford) will receive alumni scholarships.
Those will be awarded during a special ceremony at 1 p.m. on Sunday, at the Carver Center.
The tournament will benefit TMT’s scholarship fund, the basketball program itself and a donation to the National Kidney Foundation in McElveen’s name.
“Mike has done a lot for this city as far as basketball and being a mentor and coach, not just inside TMT but outside, too,” Fuller said. “He was a phenomenal guy for this community.”
Honoring McElveen through those he helped mold as young men is a way for him to keep giving back, Fuller said.
“It’s our alumni and they meant a lot to him,” Fuller said. “This allows us to keep Mike’s legacy moving in the right direction.”
Games begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and will continue through 6 p.m. both days.