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Hoops greats will hold clinic, picnic at Masten Boys Club reunion

Some of Western New York's greatest basketball stars will be back in town this weekend for the Masten Boys & Girls Club Alumni Reunion.

Former Bennett High and University at Pittsburgh star Curtis Aiken will be among the stars who will gather Saturday for a day of festivities at the club, located at 397 Northland Ave.

There will be a 411 Basketball Camp for youths in the morning, followed by music, games and activities from 11 a.m. to dusk.

The alumni will present the club with a check for $27,500, money it has raised over the past year to support the club's programs.

At the inaugural alumni event last year, a new outdoor basketball court was dedicated. It was built with a donation of $20,000 from the alumni.

"We're trying to reconnect and help the community," said Aiken.

Former Bennett star John Thomas will run the camp, which will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Youths ages 6 to 17 will participate. A limited number of spots still are available. Pre-registration is required. Call 412-882-2716 to register.

Among the other famous Masten alumni expected to attend are Trevor Ruffin, Tony Merriweather, Rob Lanier, Jason Rowe, Malik Campbell and Damien Foster.

WUFO Radio will present music starting at 11 a.m., and the public is invited.

An awards ceremony will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Former Masten Club executive directors Lorrie Alexander, Kenneth Macklin and Kenneth Pope will be honored, and Mayor Byron Brown will attend. A picnic will be held at 3 p.m. with music from DJ Ice Berg, DJ D Dot Tee and DJ Hassan.


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