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Published on July 14th, 2015 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


1st annual Akoo ‘Summer Classic’ to launch celebrating Dyckman 25th anniversary


Dyckman vs. Chicago, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles Games Set—First Game this Friday

Battle of the DJs Basketball Game & Community Day—Saturday, August 1

AKOO Clothing Co. today announced, in partnership with The Dyckman Basketball Tournament and Hard 2 Guard Productions, that it will host the 1st Annual AKOO Summer Classic in celebration of the tournament’s 25th Anniversary. The 1st Annual AKOO Summer Classic, in true summer basketball tournament style, will feature three competitive games between the Dyckman team and squads from across the country, and will also feature a “Battle of the DJs” basketball game and a Community Day.

“We created the AKOO Summer Classic to celebrate the Dyckman tournament’s rich history and success,” said Sabai R. Burnett, vice president, marketing, RP55 Group/AKOO. “As a contemporary lifestyle brand we recognize and respect how intrinsically connected we are to the urban and basketball cultures, among others, and as such, this is one way for the brand to say thank you to the community for its support during the past six years.”

The first 1st Annual AKOO Summer Classic Dyckman vs. game is scheduled for this Friday, July 17—Dyckman vs. Chicago, 8 p.m. E.T., Dyckman Park.


Dyckman vs.

An NBA/NCAA sanctioned, Dyckman features some of the greatest pro-am players around—drawing at least a thousand spectators daily. The 1st Annual AKOO Summer Classic features three Dyckman vs. games, showcasing teams from Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

“Battle of the DJs” & Community Day

DJs are a key part of the summer, outdoor basketball scene in New York City; they keep the crowd entertained, playing the day’s trending music, while blending in classics. The 1st Annual AKOO Summer Classic will take the DJs from behind the turntables and bring them onto the court in two ways—to actually play against each other, along side pro-am players, and in a center-court DJ Battle at half time.

Without the Dyckman and Inwood communities, The Dyckman Basketball Tournament wouldn’t be what it is today, 25 years later. The 1st Annual AKOO Summer Classic will host a Community Day, as a thank you, for the kids of the surrounding neighborhoods, featuring Skills Assessments, 3-Point Shootouts, and Dunk Contests.


Friday, July 17

—Dyckman vs. Chicago – 8 p.m. E.T.

Saturday, July 25

—Dyckman vs. Washington, D.C. – 8 p.m. E.T.

Saturday, August 1

—Community Day – 4 p.m. E.T.

—“Battle of the DJs” Basketball Game – 6 p.m. E.T.

Friday, August 8

—Dyckman vs. Los Angeles – 8 p.m. E.T.

Follow AKOO Clothing Co. on social media—@AKOOClothing and the 1st Annual AKOO Summer Classic—#AkooSummerClassic

About AKOO Clothing Co.

AKOO derives its unique name from the acronym “A King of Oneself,” catering to men & women who regard fashion as a compliment to their ambition and prowess. Co-founded by Grammy award winning artist and actor, Tip “TI” Harris, and his business partner, Grand Hustle Entertainment CEO, Jason Geter AKOO is a contemporary apparel brand inspired by outdoor Americana for men and women of exceptional style and taste that is versatile to one’s own lifestyle. Manufactured and distributed by RP55 Group, AKOO features the highest quality of materials and craftsmanship. For more information visit www.akooclothingbrand.com.

About The Dyckman Basketball Tournament

One of the most highly anticipated and notable summer basketball events around, The Dyckman Basketball Tournament, in its 25th year, offers teams and players an opportunity to showcase their talents in an intensely competitive atmosphere. Dyckman, created in 1990 with only six teams, has grown to include 82 teams. One of the few tournaments running games seven days a week, it draws nearly 1,500 spectators daily by offering a positive, fun and exciting activity for the entire family. Heavily tied to the Washington/Heights Inwood neighborhoods in northern Manhattan, Dyckman hires upwards of 70 summer youth employees and has been acknowledged for aiding in crime reduction. The Dyckman Basketball Tournament is NCAA & NBA sanctioned.

About Hard 2 Guard

Edgar Burgos founded hard 2 Guard Productions (H2G), a content production and marketing company, in 2006.

H2G has produced television and digital content and events with sports and entertainment at the core of its focus. H2G content and events produced include: “Summerball” (TV show/MSG Network – 2006-2009); “Black Out” (Documentary – 2010); “Rep Your Work” (Documentary/Slamonline.com – 2014); H2G Celebrity Basketball Game (Fundraiser/American Diabetes Association – Feb. 2015); and H2G Charity Ping Pong Competition (Fundraiser/Precious Dreams Foundation – May 2015).

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