Kenwood Brotherhood hosts basketball fundraiser

Kenwood Academy High School Brotherhood member Valentine Wilburn (left) knocks the ball away from his opponent during a basketball fundraising game between the Kenwood Brotherhood and the African-American Fire Fighters Association, at Kenwood High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., Friday, March 17. -Owen M. Lawson III

Sports Writer

Dr. Shelby T. Wyatt, chairman of the Kenwood Academy Brotherhood Organization, in collaboration with the Chicago Fire Department hosted their 7th annual Old School vs. New School Brotherhood basketball game on Friday March 17, for parents, teachers and students from the Hyde Park community. 

“We [the Brotherhood] decided to collaborate with the Chicago Black Fire Fighters to host a basketball game for our young men,” Wyatt said. “They are both playing for intense bragging rights.” 

Wyatt explained that the goal of the Brotherhood’s basketball game was to raise funds for their 2017 Spring College Tour. This year they plan to visit Spring Arbor University and Lawrence Technological University campuses in Southfield, Mich.

Wyatt said there were over 35 participants volunteering for the event and that the Chicago Black Fire Fighters, who’d established a partnership with the group back in 2008, would donate all their proceeds from the basketball game to the organization.

“The idea to partner with the Chicago Fire Department was first encouraged by fireman Kevin Betton of the Chicago Black Fire Fighters Association,” Wyatt said. “He wanted to teach our boys first aide certification.”

In spite of the warm partnership between the two organizations, the game play would be different. As the men of the Chicago Black Fire Fighters Association would take a “No Holds Barred” approach on the court by relentlessly attacking the basket against Team Brotherhood, earning themselves a 37-24 lead at the half.

After building a 13-point lead, the Black Fire Fighters would face a challenge of their own in the likes of 5-foot point guard PJ Brown. Brown obtained a team high 16 points for Team Brotherhood, while stealing the hearts of the fans by putting on his very own Steph Curry impression and going 4 for 4 from beyond the three point arc in addition to earning Most Valuable Player honors. 

Final Score: Chicago Black Fire Men 68, Team Brotherhood 62

With the win, the Chicago Black Fire Men improved to 7-0 as a team against the Brotherhood in the organization’s all time series.

Hyde Park Herald Player of The Game: PJ Brown, Team Brotherhood, 16 points, 4 three-pointers

For more information about the Kenwood Brotherhood non-profit organization, visit