Two former basketball players from Coach Jimmy Hires’ state championship era have decided to get much of the old gang together for a charity basketball event.
The first annual Richmond Hill Reunion Classic basketball event takes place April 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Richmond Hill Recreation Center. The event is the brainchild of former players Jon Clark and Calvin Fulwood. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for kids. The proceeds will go toward purchasing school uniforms and materials for students at Coastal Georgia Comprehensive Academy, a school in Savannah for kids with behavioral disorders, such as autism.
"Calvin and I have been looking for a reason for years to look up a bunch of the old championship players," Clark said. "This is a way to visit with old friends and do something the community would like to see. Just kind of a way to relive the glory days when Richmond Hill basketball were state champions."
The event is expected to feature 30-40 former players from the 1980s and ‘90s who played in the era when Coach Hires’ Richmond Hill High School teams won three state titles. Among those include Chris Davis who played for the University of Tennessee and Armstrong, Calvin Fulwood, who played for Valdosta State and Georgia College and State, Bernard Davis, who played for UGA, Kevin Clark, who played for the University of Minnesota, and Robbie Ward, who now owns Ward’s Paint and Body Shop.
Clark said he hopes this event will grow to where future years’ will be an all day event and include former RHHS girls players. He hopes to have vendors in the future as well. The first event will have concessions provided by CGCA.
"Next year, we’ll probably donate to a different cause – maybe the YMCA or some other cause that benefits the children in the community," Clark said. "Whether you lived here during that championship era or not, this event will absolutely be fun for the whole family. And it’s for a good cause. We encourage everyone to come and cheer on their former state champions."
For more information, call Clark at 844-8378 or Fullwood at 678-361-9612.