The 27th annual Washington Irving Middle School basketball reunion will be Tuesday from 2:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Roslindale school.
The theme of the reunion, which is organized by the Warriors for Peace basketball alumni organization, is “Support our Troops”
“First of all, this month is Military Month and just the idea of honoring them,” Washington Irving basketball coach Leonard Brown said when asked why this year’s theme was chosen.
“They should know even a school with young kids and alumni, we’re trying to do something that’s bigger than ourselves. We really appreciate what they do for us to make our country safe and they are putting themselves in harm’s way.
“I feel this is a small thing we can do, a grass roots thing, not with celebrities or big time people.”
Brown was honored himself during the Boston Middle School League championship games last month.
Last year’s reunion theme was “Fallen Heroes” in honor of two of Brown’s former players who were killed in the Mattapan Massacre. The September 2010 quadruple killing that took the life of a 2-year-old boy was what propelled Brown to formalize his reunion program and call it Warriors for Peace.
“I’ve lost eight guys due to violence and even one of our teachers on our staff,” Brown said. “Warriors for Peace, that’s when I started the title for what we actually do. Last year, because of all the violence going on in the city, it really hit us hard … I made up this big banner with the [victims] names on it and had T-shirts and had some family up here and dedicated a whole day and event to the fallen heroes.”
This year’s event will feature former and current players dating back to 1984. The program’s Hall of Fame museum will be on display from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. before the colors are presented by the Northeastern Color Guard. There will be a short speaking program and an award ceremony before an alumni basketball game.
Brown said they will also collected donated DVDs send to troops stationed abroad.
City Councilor Rob Consalvo is also expected to attend the event, along with Washington Irving Principal Arthur Unobskey and Assistant Principal Tim McLaughlin, who himself is a veteran.
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