Go see the champion Killer Bee basketball team on Saturday, October 1 from 3PM-5PM (weather permitting), as they celebrate the newly renovated basketball court at the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center. Carl Johnson, center alum and coach of the Bridgehampton School team, will be there along with some alumni players, many of whom benefited from their time at the Center.
For many, this isn’t just a high school basketball team: it’s a symbol of hope for an African American community struggling to survive in the middle of one of the wealthiest communities in America.
Filmmakers Ben and Orson Cummings will be at the dedication. They have almost completed their documentary Killer Bees, which explores how Bridgehampton’s African American community came to exist in the heart of the Hamptons. It explores how the basketball team has, for over half a century, remained a symbol of hope and achievement in the face of adversity. It offers an inside look at issues of racism, politics, and economic disparity. The film follows Coach Carl Johnson and the Bees, both on and off the court, as they work towards their goal of defending their 2015 state championship title. And it’s produced by Shaquille O’Neal.
The Center will honor the generosity of Carol Konner, Chris Wasserstein, Dan Rattiner, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, and Bulgin & Associates for their gifts of time, money and product to make the renovation happen. It's always about the kids.