By Jamesia Downer, AFRO Intern
People around the world know the name Muggsy Bogues, the shortest player ever in the National Basketball Association (NBA). During his 14 year NBA career, Bogues played for four teams as Point Guard. The Baltimore native and Paul Laurence Dunbar Alumni returns to the city every year to celebrate a legacy.
While the world knew Muggsy, Baltimore knew his sister Sherron Bogues. Sherron was known for working with Baltimore City Rec and Parks and creating programs for children to participate in sports. After her passing in 2015, the former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake made June 27th Sherron Bogues Day in Baltimore City.
Baltimore City Rec and Parks recently presented the 4th annual Sherron Bogues Tournament at Druid Hill Park, along with Muggsy and the whole Bogues family.
Sherron was an advocate for the youth of the city. “She understood how idle time [was cruicial] for kids it could be dangerous she made sure that they had a platform [in any] industry it could be football, it could be basketball, it could be track or field. She just made sure they had an opportunity to create and be themselves,” said Muggsy.
The event was centered around a youth basketball tournament where 4 boys team and 2 girls teams competed. For those not participating in the tournament, there was food, bounce houses, and live performances by local rappers Lil Nay and Moo Jack. With WOLB 1010 am DJ Duke providing the music and Bam Bam as host, the event was a great time for people of all ages.
Baltimore City Rec and Parks along with Muggsy and the whole Bogues family are keeping her legacy alive with the annual event at Druid Hill Park. Sherron’s family and friends were all in matching white shirts with her picture printed on them as a memento of the work she had done in the Baltimore Community.
This annual event is held every June 27th to keep the legacy of Sherron alive in the city of Baltimore. Her commitment to working with the youth of the city will be continued on through this event hosted by Muggsy and his family.