On Saturday, July 13, Girard College was the site for the Philadelphia edition of Red Bull’s Midnight Run competition.
The goal of the summer-long tour is to find the best basketball players in each of nine cities across the United States: Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Houston, Indianapolis and Los Angeles.
The eight best players at each stop will be hand-selected to represent their city at the Red Bull Midnight Run Finals at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY this December. Interestingly enough, there’s no prize money on the line: The only thing that’s at stake is each city’s reputation.
Pride also happened to be a motivating factor last weekend at Girard College, and with Hot 107.9’s DJ Damage providing the soundtrack for the evening, the action was fast-paced – far more intense than your average summertime pick-up game.
The participants consisted of former area high school and college standouts, professionals who currently make a living playing overseas, and even a few streetball legends. The most notable player in the building was 6’5″ swingman Jarrett Kearse, who once starred at Simon Gratz and West Virgina before a stint on the AND1 mixtape tour.
With players boasting nicknames such as Amistad, Steroid, Thor and The Predator, there was definitely no shortage of personalities in the building. And although we’re still a few months away from finding out which city has the best ballers in America, it’s clear that the eight players selected to represent Philly in the finals will do the City of Brotherly Love proud.