News & Updates
Phase one of League Legends
We co-hosted the 1st Annual Winter Carnival at Look Park. Over 1000 people showed up to the event to enjoy the games, Christmas tree burn and food.
The Legendary run was a big part of phase one and was a very fun, pancake filled time!
End of Phase One
The Florence parade was a great way to end phase one of league legends. To the left you can see the very popular league legends float with basketball and hoops and the signiture league legends gorilla float.
The Midsummer Classic has always been a major event for League Legends and is year was no exception! To the left you can see League Legends owner Mike Obrien with his Midsummer classic team.
Little Legends is a huge part of League Legends and this year was no different as we hosted Little Legends on the brand new Memorial court
Above you can see two of our interns (Diego Corrada on the left, Henry Doherty on the right) taking advantage of the recently built Memorial Court.
November 25, 2017
Trivia night was a great success! Thank you to everyone who showed up and participated, A special thanks to the donating companies and to any personal donations!
November 25, 2017
Thank you to everyone who came out to the parade! A great way to celebrate
November 11, 2017
League Legends helped out the Rec Department with Hamp Hoop evaluations for kids from 3rd-8th grade. We had a wonderful time being there. Every kid got a little better and at the end of the day had some fun.
The Legendary Run 2017
September 17, 2017
Thank you everyone for coming out! We raised over $500 towards our goals and got everyone outside on a beautiful day. We couldn't have done it without the support of Marathon Sports, New City Brewery, Girls on the Run Western Massachusetts and Look Memorial Park. Hope to see you all again next year!!
First ever Ryan Road basketball clinic
September 12, 2017
The first basketball clinic on the new courts was a great success! It was a beautiful day and over 50 kids showed up! Some of them to their first basketball clinic ever. A special thanks to Ray Harp and Sarah Madden for attending and helping out.
The official design for the new League Legends Memorial Court is here!
September 8, 2017
With enough funds It will be completed in early October! The new design will incorporate a handicap accessible picnic area, lights, benches and bleachers to watch the game. There will also be a memorial garden that League Legends volunteers will maintain.
The hoops are up!
September 4, 2017
Labor Day is now volunteer day! Still doing a lot of cleanup to get the court ready for the Ryan Road students tomorrow. If you're free come on by!
August 15, 2017
Today marks the day that we started the building process of our memorial basketball courts!
Thanks to Gleason Johndrow Landscape and Snow Management for donating their demo and prep services for free!
We'll be doing this project in several stages but hoping to have a big unveiling soon!
10th Annual Midsummer Classic
July 22, 2017
Our volunteers aka The Army of Legends were AMAZING in handling what we're estimating to be a crowd of 600 people throughout the day! Congrats to the new Tournament Champions Goodfellas and to our Hot Dog Eating Champ Jesse Coulon on spectacular performances. Our goals of paying tribute to David and Miles while raising money for the Memorial Court that will be dedicated to them were achieved.
The Midsummer Classic raised $3500 from everyone's incredibly generous donations! Don't forget that Tony Gleason and Gleason Johndrow Landscaping pledged to match the funds raised! Thank you to them for their continued support of the community and our cause.
With the OVERWHELMING success of the day we're proud to announce we have raised enough funds to start Phase 1 of the Memorial Basketball Court at Ryan Road! Trying to break ground in August. Thank you everyone for coming on this journey with us!
Gazette Article on Memorial Court
June 2, 2017
Thank you everyone for joining us yesterday at the 4th annual League Legends Charity Golf Tournament! It was a great day and helped us inch closer to our goal of building the memorial basketball court. Special thanks to Ledges Golf Club for being a wonderful host!
Congrats to Charlie, Mike and D.J.Cronin along with Sam Goodwin-Boyd for taking home the W.
Gazette article on Memorial court
May 25, 2017
Well it's official! A long time coming so thank you to SO MANY people for their support along the way and for keeping the memory of David and Miles strong the past ten years. Breaking ground on the court in August!
Memorial Court at Ryan Road School
May 11, 2017
The School Committee gave a unanimous yes vote at Thursday's meeting to move forward on our memorial court project. We're closing in on our goal, now onto the City Council meeting for the final approval. It's been a long time coming but a fitting tribute for David and Miles is in sight.
Teacher vs. Student Basketball Game
March 15, 2017
Just a few Legends balling in the Teachers vs Student game. We had teachers from Northampton High school along with several coaches from Northampton sports teams played against students from the sophomore class. After two twenty minute halves the teachers were victorious... and exhausted. Thanks to the volunteers and fans who decided to come out and watch the Teacher's victory. The final score was 75 to 68.
February 27, 2017
League Legends now has an office space on 9 1/2 Market Street Northampton at Click Workspace!
Trumpy Made a Beer
February 11, 2017
Huge thank you to hits 94.3, and Trumpy who created The Double Dribble Ale. We would also like to thank Tyler Conroy for performing at this event. One dollar from every pint was donated to League Legends from Brew Practicians located on Main Street in Florence. This was another great event introducing us to the community.
Winter Carnival at Look Park
January 28, 2017
We co-hosted the 1st Annual Winter Carnival at Look Park. Over 1000 people showed up to the event to enjoy the games, Christmas tree burn, and food. Congrats to Sharon Matrishon for winning the chili cook off and a BIG thank you to the volunteers and staff at Look Park as well as Clay Hill Farm for giving horse drawn carriage rides!
Little Legends Basketball Clinic
January 7th to February 4th, 2017
We hosted a free clinic for kids from Northampton in 4th-6th grade at all skill levels. Little Legends was assisted by Northampton High School athletes. Little Legends was a pilot program put on to help kids of all levels have fun and play basketball. We ran drills, played games, and had a blast! The Little Legends sharpened their skills and have a new found enthusiasm for the sport of basketball. We'll definitely be back next year even bigger!
Trivia Night & Silent Auction
November 26, 2016
What a night! We had lots of helpful volunteers help us put together this awesome event! Over $2,200 was raised! We had an amazing turnout and a beautiful setting. Big Thanks to Rick Gifford for hosting again! Jen Rex and The Deuce could not have been anymore accommodating. We hope to see everyone back again next year!
Florence Holiday Parade
November 26, 2016
The legends army was in full force at the Florence Holiday Parade. The weather was chilly and overcast but that wasn't enough to keep our spirits low. We walked from FJ Rodgers to the Florence Civic Center. Thank you Mike Flynn of Florence Barber Shop for organizing!
3rd Annual Golf Tournament
Oct 29, 2016
On a day that started with many players wearing gloves and winter hats, the 3rd annual golf tournament ended with sunshine and great company at the 19th hole of Northampton Country Club. 8 teams of 4 came out for the scramble tournament with captain Brody Ryan leading his crew to victory. Over $1500 was raised this year and Brett Holman delivered a bomb on the opening drive. Special thanks to the many players who made the trip all the way back from Boston to join the fun.
JFK Basketball Court Renovation
Sept 17, 2016
League Legends through a private donation provided new basketball hoops for the basketball court update at JFK Middle School.
League Legends in its efforts to provide recreational opportunities for the area was very proud to be part of this project and hope that the renovated courts will encourage more play and participation in athletics from students and adults. A students vs teachers game is already being planned for 2017.
League Legends will continually be fixing courts in Northampton while continuing towards our long term goals. Plans and partnerships to make updates to the existing courts at Ryan Road School, Look Park and the Hampshire Regional YMCA are in the works and League Legends will be making its mark around town a lot more in the future.
The event was a collaborative effort between Look Park. Northampton Community Television and League Legends to raise funds to renovate the basketball courts at Look Park by the playground. Citizen's Bank help promote and staff the event while Florence Hardware donated the popcorn. At the end of the night $220 was raised from parking, concessions and private donations.
There were many families of new faces joining us at the Pines Theater and being introduced to League Legends. Even Western Mass News came out for a wonderful night. We're already making plans to do it again next year and are very excited to give back to our long term community partner Look Park. Feel free to message League Legends with suggestions for movies you'd like to see!
Outdoor Movie Night "Space Jam"
Sept 1, 2016
Look Park played host to first ever Free Outdoor Movie Night. Nearly 125 people joined us to watch the basketball classic Space Jam.
Midsummer Classic and Legends Game
July 27, 2016
Weather played a big factor at this year's Midsummer Classic. A combination 95 degree and windy day gave way to a surprise Thunderstorm right as "The Unbeatables" sealed their championship win. The Thunder and Lightening chased away much of the crowd but the original League Legends were not deterred and played The first ever Legends Game which is sure to be a new favorite tradition. A new 16 team format and 2 court layout was met with positive feedback from our supporters. Special thanks to Red's Towing for fixing the infamous crooked hoop on court 2 just a few days before the tourney.
The teams definitely showed off their creativity this year. The team voted to have the best team name was "Green Eggs and Yams". The team voted to have the best jerseys was the "Lady Ballers" who were also the first ever all female team at the Midsummer Classic!
A little over $4,000 was raised and the event had it's largest attendance ever with over 500 people!
League Legends, Inc.
March 1, 2016
League Legends Foundation has changed its name to League Legends, Inc. with the Secretary of State in MA in order to broaden its scope of operating abilities. This name change is just the first step in a reboot of the organization which will be increasing its promotional and fundraising efforts in 2016 as we push towards our goals and aim to build more support. League Legends has always had great noteriety within the alumni of Northampton High School in
the past decade but will reaching towards the younger generations with youth basketball clinics. Additionally, League Legends will be holding more family friendly events including a Movie Night directly following the Midsummer Classic as well a Finest vs Bravest basketball game between the Northampton Police and Fire Departments respectively. All fundraisers will be held at an affordable price for participants and spectators made possible by the generous donation of resouces and time from our exceptional Community Partners and volunteers.
In 2016 League Legends will be reaching out to other area organizations involved in similar missions and area recreation to partner with to provide funds and resources towards the memorial court building project. There will be an engraved brick campaign where donors can have their names be a permanant part to the memorial they helped build. Larger donors will have the opportunity to advertise their business on a 3'x4' aluminum signs permanantly affixed to fencing surrounding the memorial courts for all to see for generations to come. More details to come around Memorial Day
The timeline is set to be breaking ground on the project by spring of 2018 but with a strong push the goal may be met by 2017. Keep an eye out for League Legends in the news and making appearences around town. Any suggestions on ways to improve our visability or how we operate are appreciated. It's a very exciting time here with League Legends, Inc. as we have turned the corner of being a hobby shared between friends to now being a influential non-profit..... still shared between friends.
Join us for the journey!
2015 Is In The Books
December 31, 2015
Another successful year thanks to the support of our ever growing following. League Legends, through its fundraisers including the Midsummer Classic, Midsummer Night's Gala and Golf Tournament, has been able to raise enough money to contribute to the Miles and David scholarship funds while setting aside funds towards the long term goal of building a memorial basketball court in their honor.
The Midsummer Classic had its first repeat winner in SQUAD! captained by Jordan Daniels as the tournament returned to it's familiar single champion format. The Midsummer Night's Gala was held in the Grand Ballroom at Platform Bar and Grill resulting in a wonderful evening a record silent auction bringing in over $2000. This year's golf tournament was proudly held for the first time at Northampton Country Club where ad dozen teams came out for a round with friends in some beautiful weather.
1st annual League Legends Golf Tournament a Success!
September 23, 2014
Hickory Ridge Country Club in Amherst hosted this wonderful event and with the great weather and great friends a great time was had by all. 14 teams competed in the best ball tourney and the winners were; Mike Lentner, Ben Premo and Dylan Rickles. By the end of the day over $1000 was raised to support the League Legends Foundation.
A Midsummer Night's Gala feels like a dream.
August 15, 2014
For the first time the League Legends Silent Auction was held seperately from the Midsummer Classic and with glowing reviews from guests it's going to stay that way. Nearly a hundred people joined the Foundation at the beautifully renovated Platform Grill who was an exceptionally accomodating host. The Auction itself consisted of fantastic items graciously donated by area businesses. Many items went for a great deal and everyone went home happy.
Crowd favorite Rick Gifford played host to a trivia competition held throughout the night with prizes of gift certificates to Breuggar's Bagels and Platform awarded to the winners. Delicious hors d'oeuvres were served and everyone went home a winner with a coupon from Platform for a free appetizer on their next visit. The event raised nearly $2,000 and was a big step for the organization as it became the first major fundraising event to be held seperate from the Midsummer Classic in our history.
Not a drop in the sky, 7th annual Midsummer Classic our biggest yet!
August 3, 2014
After a weather scare late in the week the 2014 Midsummer classic was our biggest ever with 18 teams! A new format had many winners going home from the tournament with team "SQUAD..." winning the A division and the "Vet's Field All Stars" taking the B championship in dramatic fashion. Additionally the "Michael Jortan's" (pictured left) were voted best uniforms and "Just the Tip-Off" received the honor of best team name.
All the winners went home with gift certificates to Starr Pizza in Florence. A smaller crowd than usual had a great time too with the new edition of bounce houses for kids and the young at heart to play on between games. The event brought in nearly 4,000 dollars with a great deal of that coming from concessions sales from donations provided by Pepsi, Scotti's and Seth Mias Catering. With their help and all of our sponsors and volunteers pitching in the event was a success once again.