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Professional basketball returns to Flint

FLINT — After being referred to as “Basketball USA” by legendary Michigan State University head coach Tom Izzo, Flint, Michigan will be home to a professional basketball team when the former Pontiac Firebirds relocate and become the Flint – Vehicle City Chargers of the American Basketball Association. The team will call Flint home for 2015-16 season with 16 home games throughout the season at New Standard Academy. The Chargers will be showcasing some of the greatest talent in the area.

President and CEO of the team, Shelby Johnson, says he looks forward to growing with the Flint community by bringing family fun entertainment.

“This fast-paced, family-friendly entertainment will be a sight to see throughout the 2015-2016 season; so don’t miss out!” Johnson said.

Affordable season ticket packages for both individuals and businesses can be found at and single general admission game tickets can be purchased at the game. – L.P.

Tickets on sale for Flint Hall of Fame banquet

GRAND BLANC – Tickets for the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet are available at $45 each by calling Debbie Goyette at 810-397-7305. The banquet will be held at 4:15 p.m. Dec. 5 at Genesys Convention and Banquet Center. – D.N.

MCC’s Perry Elected VP of MCCAA

FLINT — Al Perry, Associate Athletic Director at Mott Community College (MCC), has been elected to a two-year term as vice president of the Michigan Community College Athletics Association (MCCAA).

Perry will assist Eastern and Western Conference directors, oversee sport committees, and participate in the interpretation of MCCAA rulings based on the Constitution, Regulations and Agreements.

“It is very gratifying and humbling to even be nominated for this position, from both a personal and a professional perspective,” said Perry. “The organization is comprised of 19 athletic directors from all over the State, and to receive their unanimous support to hold a leadership position is extremely fulfilling,” he added.

“Being elected to this prestigious board is a tribute to Al’s leadership and organizational skills,” said Tom Healey, MCC Athletic Director.

Perry, a Durand resident, said he is grateful to the Mott Community College family for providing him with this opportunity to serve the college in his current capacity as Associate Athletic Director.

As a member of the Executive Office of the MCCAA, Perry will participate in the interpretation and rulings based on the constitution, regulations and agreements of the organization, and work with athletic directors s at other institutions to insure that the collegiate athletics experience for student-athletes is fulfilling statewide.

The organization oversees all community college athletics in the state of Michigan, and Ancilla College in Indiana, including: men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s bowling, women’s bowling, baseball, men’s golf, and softball.

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