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Basketball and loved ones back together for Unity Day
August 26, 2021 at 7:08 a.m.
Weber Drive resident Shamel Jones, 19, hangs onto the rim of the hoop while King Street resident AJ Foust, 34, runs behind for the rebound during the traditional Unity Day basketball tournament on Saturday, Aug. 14. Each year, current and former Port Chester Housing Authority residents gather in Columbus Park for the reunion. Last year would have been the 30th anniversary of the event, but smaller gatherings were held in lieu of the large celebration due to COVID-19.
Tyamire King, a Port Chester High School rising senior, holds up peace signs at Unity Day.
Major Jones (left), a 4-year-old, and his younger brother Legend Smith, 2, hang out on a Columbus Park rock at Unity Day. Both boys live in Port Chester and attend Tater Tots Day Care.
Rowland, N.C., resident Beverly Morgan, Irving Avenue resident Danny Davis and Derek Vincent, a Rye resident who helped organize Unity Day, pose with a photo of Morgan’s son Deshan O’Keith Bishop Davis, who died at 34 years old on June 24, 2020. Davis, known as “Chopz,” worked with kids at the Don Bosco Center, Carver Center and Beyond the Game Connection basketball program. Morgan received a proclamation signed by Mayor Luis Marino honoring her son.
Stamford, Conn. resident Mary A. Herring (left), Purdy Avenue resident Janet Cooper and Grace Church Street resident Ebony Ramos have fun in the park.
John “Bones” Kettler, a Terrace Avenue resident, enjoys watching the basketball tournament at Unity Day.
Basketball players from Waterbury, Conn., wearing blue, and Elmsford, wearing red, watch the ball as they compete on the court at Unity Day.
A Waterbury, Conn basketball player in a blue t-shirt tries to block an Elmsford player from shooting a basket on the court at Unity Day.
Weber Drive resident Peter Nichols (left) and Sands Street resident Jamie Bosque pose with Port Chester badges at Unity Day.
Representing their 914 pride, Palace Place resident Sean Welch and King Street resident Ree Welch hold up their customized apparel at the event.
From left, Weber Drive resident Cortney Harris, Purdy Avenue resident Brittany Foust and Purdy Avenue resident Shakera Foust sit together in lawn chairs at Unity Day.
Beverly Morgan, who lives in Rowland, N.C., holds a proclamation honoring her son Deshan O’Keith Bishop Davis, signed by Mayor Luis Marino.
Rapper Lord Jamar (left), of New Rochelle, a co-founder of the 1989 hip-hop group Brand Nubian’s, poses with Jawill Seven, of Mount Vernon, who DJs Unity Day every year.
Basketball players keep their eyes on the ball during a Unity Day game.