By Pen Moodz
This project is one that we hold dear to hearts here at Tidal League. From ideation to episode one, with the 1 himself, Tracy McGrady, alongside the legends that are Alexys Feaster and Lisle Bowen, this all still feels like a dream.
It’s important for you to understand what this moment felt like for us at Tidal League before the cameras turned on. As we put together the final touches for the set, our anticipation to welcome our esteemed guests grew.
Silence filled the room … until the knock came.
Suddenly, we were surrounded by energy and movement comparative to New York City’s Grand Central Station. Tracy and Lisle arrived with their family, media team and entourage in tow. In his pink cap, blacked out shades and 6’8 frame, Tracy smiled and dapped up each of us
with such charisma.
“Wussup! Wussup! Wussup!”
It was at this point that I knew that we had the perfect trifecta in Alexys, Lisle and Tracy to demonstrate to the world that there are numerous ways to participate in the game of basketball beyond wearing a jersey.
For the duration of the conversation the room stood still.
When talking about community all-stars, Alexys’ name belongs in the rafters. From her we learned the importance of doing the work and filling the gaps as her continued efforts gained her a tap on the shoulder to work directly for 44 - President Barack Obama - to making
tremendous impact in the League. Lisle showed us the significance of believing in oneself. Crossing over to the creative world and building the OBL and leveraging his network of relationships to create a product that acts as a spring board for those participating within it. Tracy opened a window to his heart where he courageously shared some of his darkest times that he faced as a man. Like a basketball, the conversation bounced seamlessly between the three under the careful curation of our host, Denis Boateng.
As a kid, I used to dream of shooting hoops for the rest of my life, but now, alongside my Tidal League and SLAM family, we are shining a light on paths once mysterious.
To those curious of strolling through the newly lit lanes of hoops through LeagueBiz, I say one thing:
Welcome to the ecosystem.
Watch Season 1 Episode 1 of "League Biz"