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Big Apple Basketball Invitational 2016

Big Apple Basketball (BAB) will host the 13th Annual Big Apple Basketball Invitational on Saturday, January 16 and Monday, January 18, 2016 at Baruch College in New York City. The invitational features 16 top high school and prep school teams from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia and North Carolina.

The invitational will feature New York schools, Benjamin Cardozo, Iona Prep, Archbishop Stepinac, Long Island Lutheran, and Queens High School of Teaching; along with Sacred Heart (Connecticut), Friendship Charter (Washington, DC), Bullis (Maryland), Gilman (Maryland), Friends (Maryland), Word of God (North Carolina), South Kent (Connecticut), Genesis (Virginia), Virginia Episcopal (Virginia), Northfield Mount Hermon (Massachusetts), and Notre Dame Prep (MA).

Notable players include Rawle Alkins (Word of God – Top 10 Nationally Ranked Senior), Mustapha Heron (Sacred Heart – Auburn), Sacha Killeya-Jones (Virginia Episcopal - Kentucky), Ty Jerome (Iona Prep – Virginia), Matthew Moyer (South Kent – Syracuse), Josh Hall (Genesis Academy – Nevada), Alani Moore (Friendship Collegiate – Temple), Jordan Tucker (Archbishop Stepinac – Top 40 Junior Nationally), Tremont Waters (South Kent – Top 40 Junior Nationally), and Tomas Murphy (Northfield Mt. Hermon – Top 80 Junior Nationally).

Locally, Benjamin Cardozo has advanced to the public school city championship the past two seasons, winning it all in 2014. The Judges are aiming for the third straight appearance in the city title game. Iona Prep is expected to be a contender for the catholic league title.

NBA players who have participated in the BAB Invitational include: Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets); Brandon Knight (Phoenix Suns); Danny Green (San Antonio Spurs); Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics); and Lance Stephenson (Los Angeles Clippers).

Since 2004, the Big Apple Basketball Invitational event has helped over 2,500 student-athletes gain exposure for college scholarships.

Founded in 1999, Big Apple Basketball provides exposure and assists young people in their athletic, educational, professional, and life skill development, while providing family and community focused programs and events.


*Word of God senior star, Rawle Alkins played his previous three seasons at Christ The King High School in Queens. He helped lead them to three consecutive city championships, including MVP in 2015.

*Benjamin Cardozo coach, Ron Naclerio is the all-time winningest coach in the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL). On December 1, 2015 he earned his 723rd career win.

*Long Island Lutheran standout, Devonte Green, is the younger brother of San Antonio Spurs guard, Danny Green, who was also a participant in the 2005 BAB Invitational.

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Higher Than 7 Presents: Irish Boxing Show on PhillyCAM

We are excited to help promote the best up and coming fighters in Philadelphia and around the world.

Higher Than 7 is proud to announce that the Irish Boxing Show will air on PhillyCAM EVERY Friday night @ 8pm. For those in the Philly area with Comcast tune in on channel 66 and 966 and those with Verizon Fios tune in on channel 29 and 30. 

Harrowgate Boxing Club's John Gallagher and Charley Sgrillo founded the Irish Boxing Show 15 years ago, which matches top amateur fighters from Belfast, Northern Ireland against top amateur fighters from Philadelphia, USA. With the support of legendary boxing trainer Gerry Storey out of Holy Family Boxing Club in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Irish Boxing Show has become one of the best organized amateur fighting events in the world.

Featured Fights:

  1. Harrowgate - Katie Olszewski VS. Holy Family - Shannon Mc Kenna
  2. Harrowgate - Javier Oquedo VS. Holy Family - Pat Faloon 
  3. Harrowgate - Romuel Cruz VS. Holy Family - Carl McKevnan
  4. Harrowgate - Ricardo Ortiz VS. Holy Family - Niall McAlinden 
  5. Harrowgate - Jeremy Cuevas VS. Holy Family - John Hale
  6. Harrowgate - Francis Oran VS. Holy Family - Martin Stokes
  7. Harrowgate - Sammy Allay VS. Holy Family - Michael Matthews
  8. Harrowgate - Ray Garcia VS. Holy Family - Corrie Stewart
  9. Harrowgate - Rasheed Johnson VS. Holy Family - Fergus Quinn

Young Innovators Fair 2016

The Young Innovators Fair (, a K-12, massive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) event, was held this weekend at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. 20,000 attendees visited the fair over the new year weekend, and were treated to an incredible amount of activities, performances, and exhibitions for parents and kids of all ages.

The fair consisted of 10 distinct innovation worlds. Builders Boulevard, Pilots Pad, Lab Rats-Lair, Robots Retreat, Numbers Nation, Performers Paradise, Sorcerers Square, Conservationists Corner, Hackers Hideout, and Biologists Bay. Each world provided activities, and exhibits designed to attract children of varying interests, and curiosity levels. 

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Project STEAM TV provided Media Coverage for the event. Project STEAM TV is a non profit organization focused on incorporating the Arts into STEAM, through multi media and video production for tweens and high school students.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Big Apple Basketball Challenge 2015 Highlights

Below is a video of the 9th Annual Big Apple Basketball Challenge featuring NYC's top boys public and catholic teams.

Directed By: AT SoundZ
Music By: Dappolis

Big Apple Basketball Challenge

After a four year absence, Big Apple Basketball hosted it's ninth annual Big Apple Basketball Challenge at Baruch College. This event was New York City Basketball at its best, showcasing some of the best upcoming talent out of NYC. 

In the day's match ups: 

  • Archbishop Molloy defeated Boys and Girls: 65 - 57
  • Monsignor Scallon defeated Thurgood Marshall: 78 - 61
  • Thomas Jefferson defeated Cardinal Hayes: 74 - 75
  • Iona Prep defeated Wings: 78 - 65

Notable players include: Thomas Jefferson senior, Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s); Iona Prep senior, Ty Jerome (Virginia); Cardinal Hayes senior, Clive Allen; Wings senior, Jose Perez; and Archbishop Molloy freshman, Cole Anthony (son of former NBA player, Greg Anthony).

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Higher Than 7 Covers Big Apple Basketball Challenge

The Big Apple Basketball Challenge is a basketball event to showcase the top high school public league and catholic league teams.  The BAB Challenge is designed to show the supremacy of New York City’s public or catholic leagues on the basketball court.  The games are played at a very high level with bragging rights at stake. The 9th Annual, 2015 BAB Challenge will feature eight of the top New York City boys’ public and catholic high school teams.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2015 @ Baruch College, NYC

  • 12pm - Boys and Girls (PSAL-Brooklyn) vs. Archbishop Molloy (CHSAA-Queens)
  • 2pm - Thurgood Marshall (PSAL-Manhattan) vs. Monsignor Scanlan (CHSAA-Bronx)
  • 4pm - Thomas Jefferson (PSAL-Brooklyn) vs. Cardinal Hayes (CHSAA-Bronx)
  • 6pm - Wings (PSAL-Bronx) vs. Iona Prep (CHSAA-New Rochelle)


Anis Taylor - PhillyCAM's December Member Of The Month

Anis Taylor was named PhillyCAM's December Member of the Month! His profile is featured on the front page of the PhillyCAM website. Check out the article to read about the evolution of Anis Taylor AKA AT SoundZ. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Udini La Voz and Junior Zuñiga

Udini La Voz performs with Grammy nominated salsa artist Junior Zuñiga at the Union Latina Mix and Mingle. The event brought together like-minded Latino entreprenuers to enjoy a night of networking and music. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Udini La Voz featured in El Sol Latino Newspaper

The Nov 25 - Dec 2 edition of El Sol Latino published an article about Udini La Voz, explaining his craft, passion, and ambitions to the Latino community in the tri-state area. The article celebrates Udini La Voz becoming a board member of Panama International Tri State Association and explains the mission of Higher Than 7. 

The article is also featured on the El Sol Website 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015