1300 Elmwood Buffalo State College Article!
Tawan Slaughter, ’05
By: Laurie A. Kaiser
Professional men’s basketball has a new star in town—Buffalo State alumna Tawan Slaughter, ’05. The 29-year-old recently became the owner and coach of the Buffalo 716ers, a start-up franchise in the American Basketball Association (ABA).
In November, Slaughter purchased the 716ers from ABA commissioner Joe Newman. For the previous six years, Slaughter taught as a substitute and full-time physical education teacher in three area schools and coached players from middle school through community college. Last fall, she was approached about leading the 716ers.
Breaking news: The Buffalo 716ers and Erie Hurricane have Just partnered with WNTA to provide our players an opportunity to play overseas in front of scouts and agents. First stop on the tour is Italy in June! Real opportunities for our players!
The Showtime Sports Academy has partnered with the Buffalo 716ers (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Erie Hurricane (Erie, Pa.), who participate in the Premier Basketball League (PBL). The objective of the Showtime Sports Academy is to provide high quality AAU basketball programs, which service the youth in grades K-12, throughout Western New York.
Showtime Sports Academy is owned and operated by Batavia native, Jerry Smith, who is committed to providing opportunities for the youth in Batavia.
“I am thrilled to be working with professional organizations that are just as dedicated to helping the youth as we are,” Smith said.
The Buffalo 716ers and Erie Hurricane will be working to provide camps and clinics for the youth of Batavia this summer, tournaments, and assisting with Showtime Sports Academy events.
“We are excited about the opportunity to mentor, volunteer, and work with youth of the Showtime Sports Academy,” said Buffalo 716ers and Erie Hurricane team owner, Tawan Slaughter.
For more information on the Showtime Sports Academy please visitwww.showtimesa.com. Also, for more information on the Buffalo 716ers and Erie Hurricane, please visit www.buffalo716ers.net or www.eriehurricane.net.