Atlanta basketball summer league returns with new corporate partner

AEBL founder and CEO Jah Rawlings. (Photograph courtesy of Cam Mitchell)

In the course of the earlier decade, Atlanta has prided alone as the home to professionals like Dwight Howard, Jaylen Brown, Collin Sexton, Isaac Okoro, Diamond DeShields, Lexie Brown, Te’a Cooper, Sharife Cooper, Anthony Edwards, Brandon Goodwin, Bj Boston, Malik Beasley, Josh Powell, Lou Williams, Josh Okogie and Maya Moore.

But it is getting more and more clear with a blowout acquire in excess of the Dykeman basketball league in New York, that there is a regional shift in in basketball dominance.

At the heart of this shift is a summer pro-am summer league that has brought out Atlanta’s brightest stars to take in the action at the Atlanta Entertainment Basketball League. For its 10th time, AEBL has partnered with Adidas to grow to be the league’s official sponsor. As the league kicked off period No. 10 on July 2, rolling out caught up with league CEO Jah Rawlings about the foreseeable future of the league.

You guys have a new partnership to announce. What is it?

We’re a aspect of the Adidas household now. It’s been a massively remarkable time for us, and the metropolis is super thrilled. My crew, all people who has been serving to me build AEBL. We pretty much stated the other working day this is that time we’ve been ready for, so I’m actually thankful to (Adidas director of Grassroots Basketball) ReeCee (Hollans) and the rest of the Adidas basketball spouse and children for believing in our vision and every thing we’ve been creating below in Atlanta for the past 10 many years. It’s time to choose about the metropolis.

It is an ironic in good shape to have Anthony Edwards, who’s from Atlanta, be an Adidas person, and the experience of Atlanta basketball in Trae Younger, also be an Adidas dude, much too. Was this decision created to align with that?

I think there’s a pure progression to develop for AEBL exactly where Ant-Male and Trae definitely remaining two athletes that are truly placing on for the town, and they’re a aspect of what we’re carrying out in making AEBL. I consider it’s just the synergy of it all introduced with each other designed sense, but that absolutely was not the approach. It was additional like what we’ve been developing.

I’ve always imagined Adidas was genuinely big for Atlanta basketball, at least when I moved right here, that’s really all men and women who talked about with the legacy of the Atlanta Celtics’ application and then the NBA men, who have occur out of below. I think in the universe and aligning. I assume we’re at the suitable time for a little something actually substantial and impactful in the town with Adidas basketball.

What effect do you feel this partnership has on not just the basketball league, but every thing else you all do in the local community?

All the things we do in the metropolis that is basketball driven has a major impression back to the Group. Us leveling and trying to keep the system for the future era, which Adidas basketball is massive with undertaking, is usually at the forefront for us.