January 01, 2009

Global Village Basketball : JUNE 10, 2009: I received this email today and thought this would be a good place to pass it along.

celebrating the pickup game everywhere at once

Introducing Global Village Basketball

People play pickup basketball all over the world every day. On June 10, 2009, the Global Village Basketball game will use the internet to attempt to link as many of these local games as possible together into one large meta-game.

How? Imagine millions of pickup basketball games occurring simultaneously around the world on June 10, 2009, and each identifies one team as Red and the other as Blue.

Each pickup game will able to upload the baskets scored at their game location (via laptop, cell phone, or handheld device) so that all of the Red scores are added together and all of the Blue scores are added together to form one aggregated score.

Photos may also be uploaded so that you can see all of the other people playing with you in the Global Village Basketball game that day. The idea is to create the biggest game of basketball possible, stretched around the world to touch everyone passionate about the game, and to encourage participation by every level of age, skill, fitness, personality, etc.

All are welcome to play -- it is a totally inclusive game of basketball, and there is no cost to join but the desire to be a part of this unique event.

Get Involved

If you are interested in being a part of the Global Village Basketball game, you can help in the following four ways:

1. Tell every basketball fan you know. As you can imagine, it is word-of-mouth awareness that will make this type of networked basketball game a success. If you would like to forward this email to a friend, just click this link.

2. If you are on Facebook, please join the Global Village Basketball FB group (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2305999547), and invite your friends that would be interested by clicking the "Invite People to Join" link on the right-hand side of the page.

3. Bookmark the web site (http://gvb.vsport.tv/) and sign up for the mailing list to receive periodic updates in the countdown to the game.

4. Plan to play on June 10, 2009. Or, at the very least, open a gym space somewhere for a few kids to join the game. Playing matters.

Hope to See You in June

If you are passionate about basketball, please start spreading the word to as many people as possible to plan to play pickup on June 10, 2009 and hook in to the Global Village Basketball game. Thank you in advance for your support ...

Yours in hoops,

Toronto, Canada

posted by BoKnows to navel gazing at 01:14 PM - 2 comments

thanks for posting, boknows.....this is actually me. i posted a column on this to sportsfilter a number of years ago, but can't seem to find it anywhere. anyways, was going to post more as we got closer, but thanks for beating me to the punch.

posted by smithers at 10:56 PM on January 12, 2009

I figured it was a spofite but couldn't nail down who. No problem on the posting, we can post again as the date grows near. It seems like a cool idea. I will try to participate here in Montana.

posted by BoKnows at 02:08 AM on January 13, 2009

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