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ABA Returns to Hampton Roads Virginia in 2009

December 7, 2008 - American Basketball Association (ABA) News Release

Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that it has added a team in Hampton Roads, Virginia for the 2009 season. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, "It is amazing that it has taken this long to get a team there; Hampton Roads is a tremendous market and well deserving of top quality basketball at affordable prices. We believe that the team will be very successful - especially under the direction of Emory Addison, Jr., the President of the Hope Youth Vision Community Youth Organization, a not-for-profit organization that will own and operate the team. The Bluefield Housing Authority and the West Virginia Blazers are proving that an ABA team is an excellent vehicle for such an endeavor - and we have no doubt that Emory will maximize the potential that this opportunity affords."

His experiences include stints as Head Boys Basketball Coach at Portal Middle School, Portal GA; Consultant/Volunteer Coach of the NBDL Fort Worth Flyers; Head Coach of the Naval Medical Center Adult Basketball Team in Tidewater, and among his alumni in the Hope Youth program are Mike Bibby of the NBA Sacramento Kings and Richard Jefferson of the NBA New Jersey Nets. It is with the Hope Youth Vision Community Youth Organization that he provides his greatest energy.

Emory teaches the value of hard work and perseverance and possesses a never-say-die attitude. It is these qualities that he has brought to all the coaching positions which also support him in his role as President of Hope Youth. The program was established in 1990 to help strengthen the relationships and networks of support in youth's lives so they are better equipped to overcome the challenges of life and strives to help them realize their full potential.

HOPE Youth Vision Program is a tax-exempt not-for-profit youth development and sports program. HOPE's goal is to reduce high school drop-out, teen pregnancy rates and juvenile crime. This program provides opportunity for physical activity, coaching, being part of a team, learning skills, and substantial time away from "negative recreation" (drugs, violence or sexual activities). Through a network of service agencies and programs that serve their target population groups, their services includes youth development and sports programs for self-sufficiency activities for youth. Their services improve the ability of youth to achieve goals of self-sufficiency to become assets to their society instead of liabilities. HOPE's services, now, are a small investment in comparison to cost of ignoring the programs of youth. "Some people watch things happen, some hope it happens, but Coach Addison makes it happen," said team Coach Quincy D. Hinton, who has put together a team that will be playing selected regular season ABA games this season as he prepares for next year.

Emory has been married to his wife Mary for 24 years; they have four daughters, Timeca, Tarina, Tiffani and TiAna. "I am very pleased and proud to be a part of the ABA," stated Addison. "This opportunity will help bring our entire HOPE program to a new level and HOPEfully we can make it bigger and better than ever, helping and serving more kids to have a better and more fulfilling life. Coach Hinton and I will put together a competitive team and will work hard to justify the confidence that the ABA has placed in us. We would like to specifically thank Cindy Preast of the Bluefield Housing Authority for helping to make this happen."

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