Student-led basketball tournament brings community conversations to Centre campus
The Boyle-Centre-Danville 3v3 event on April 22, proposed by senior Hari Perišić, proved to be a successful step toward diffusing the “Centre bubble” and establishing a more integrated community as a whole.
“The event, in my eyes, was a success,” Perišić said. “It was a truly remarkable experience to have the opportunity to take an idea from its infancy and over the course of a year, expand and execute it.”
The event featured a community basketball tournament, a community conversation and a free dinner.
The predicted forecast was rain for most of the day, which seemed to help the event rather than hinder it.
“My mother, as I grew up, would always tell me that some Bosnians believe that rain brings good luck to the day,” he said. “So, naturally, when I saw the forecast for rain on the day of the event, I called my mom, excited.”
Due to the rain, they consolidated the event by moving the outside portion indoors.
The rain didn’t keep people away, as about 200 participated in the community event.
“For the first half, there were more non-Centre members of our community present,” he said.
This event was competing with several others like, fraternity formals, other service activities, high school proms and much more, he explained.
“I was overcome with joy when so many members of the local community showed up to the event despite everything else going on,” Perišić added. “In order for our community to grow, we need all members to participate in the process so their ‘voice’ is not left out.”
The first part was the 3v3 basketball tournament. A total of 15 teams participated, and DJ Classified engaged with friendly trash talk. The winning team received a $100 donation to a charity of their choice and a $50 gift card for themselves.
Instead of separating the community conversation and the dinner, Perišić said they decided to combine the two parts.
“The Heart of Kentucky United Way provided a list of general community-based questions for the conversation,” he said. “The information we gathered from the answers will help narrow the topic for the next event.”
After the dinner, members of the community expressed their interest in this event for years to come, Perišić added.
“The rain brought good luck, and I appreciate everyone that helped make this a successful first event,” he said.
Even though the first Boyle-Centre-Danville 3v3 event was held in the spring, in the future, the permanent home for the event will be in the fall. While Hari graduates this year, leadership of the event next year will include Chris Machado ’20, John Chen ’18, Danville resident Ra’Shea Ford and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity Initiatives Rodmon King.
by Kerry Steinhofer
May 5, 2017
Photo credit: Kendra Peek, The Advocate-Messenger