At the basketball powerhouse St. Anthony High School in New Jersey, there isn’t a lot going on with the school constantly on the brink of shutdown due to financial struggles. In the midst of all that, there’s one aspect that shines bright. On December 21st, Reebok will have supplied new sneakers to the high school basketball team for the 18th season.
For those of you that aren’t avid basketball fans, St. Anthony has won four national championships and 27 state-titles, which is more than any other high school in the country. Five of their graduates have been first round picks in the NBA Draft and as long as Kyle Anderson stays healthy in UCLA, that number can change to six by this summer.
Coached by Bob Hurley (father of Bobby Hurley, who happens to be coach at my alma-mater), this basketball program has been called “the most improbable dynasty in basketball,” by Yahoo Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski. Hurley (the senior) won the school’s first national title in 1989 with the help of his son and two future NBA first round picks. Then a chance meeting in 1995 with a Reebok rep sparked a relationship that has lasted almost 20 years. Hurley simply describes it as “Reebok adopted us.”
On December 21st, only three high school teams in the nation (of which St. Anthony is one) will be donning on the Reebok Q96, which draws its inspiration from Allen Iverson’s first signature sneaker, the Question Mid.
Even with a flourishing basketball program though, the school is struggling to stay open as previously mentioned. Last month, St. Anthony’s launched a media campaign to raise $10 million, enough to keep the school open through 2020. Donors will have a chance to get a private basketball clinic from the Hall of Fame coach or watch the team in action in a practice session. Please help make a difference by checking out www.stanthony2020.com now.