“We will set up a not-for-profit where I would just rent the gym we previously played games in, CERC, and we would rent it for the same hours during the year that St. Anthony’s had rented it and just open it up, start with 7-year-olds and have 7-year-olds in,” he said. “The Boys Club would help me transport kids down there, work with them and work with different age groups.
A member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, Hurley is a basketball lifer and he wants to continue to give back to his community of Jersey City, where he feels the kids are being under-served in terms of activities that keep them busy. “I love basketball so it fits,” he said. “We know the [CERC] gym, we have a great relationship with the school that’s in there during the day. We get along great with the administration there. Everything works. The Mayor wants me to look at running something in the second part of the city but I think we need to start off doing one thing and if we do it well, we can consider expanding.” Hurley met with a former classmate, who’s also an attorney, last Wednesday and is going through the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) status for the non-profit organization. “We met with the Mayor already and we’ll have a Board in place,” he said. “There’s a real need in the city. There’s no instruction for kids. For a city of a quarter of a million people, we’re really lagging behind where we should be for kids growing up and becoming basketball players.” He added that there is a need because “a 13- and 15-year old were shot in Jersey City two weeks ago at 3 o’clock in the morning on a school night.” “The kids are shut-ins or they’re out on the street looking at the wrong stuff,” so we have to help them, he said. Asked if he might obtain sneaker company financial backing, Hurley said, “We don’t need much money right now, so it looks as if we just run the golf tournament we’ve always run, we’ll have enough money from the golf tournament to run the thing during the year. “Also from St. Anthony’s raising $1.5 million a year, now I only have to raise 10 percent of that so it should be very easy.” **For my New York Times story on the recruiting battle ongoing for the St. Anthony’s players, click here. Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And like ZAGS on Facebook
End of an era as St. Anthony's doors close.WATCH Coach Bob Hurley's final basketball season in #Legacy Parts 1-5: https://t.co/YbtPAO43Vm pic.twitter.com/ZP8LYx2GXX — SHOWTIME SPORTS (@SHOsports) April 5, 2017