R.I.P Cecil Watkins
It is sad for me to announce that "Cecil Watkins" CEO of Elmcor of Queens, and Commissioner of AAU Sports for all of New York, has passed. Cecil was also known for bringing "City Wide Basketball" into the community which served as... a springboard for many youth into college basketball and on to the N.B.A. in the 70's till now. He will truly be missed.
I'm sure Mike Barnes has some History
BTW Mike I got this info from Eric Short. Did you know or know of him?
R.I.P Cecil Watkins
Chuck, Good lookin with the information on Cecil Watkins, My man, Chuck, Cecil Watkins was a very dear friend, My man(I've known Cecil Watkins and his Brother Leroy Watkins, Since 1974), Leroy Watkins, Ued to coach the Elmcor summer league crews, During the 70's at 127 Park in Astoria,Queens(Which was Elmcor's home-Base back then), East
Elmhurst,Queens(I forgot the name of the park, Out there, But, The Park was close to Astoria Blvd and Ditmars ave, In East Elmhust,Queens, Etc), Leroy Watkins also coached the Elmcor summer league crew, Who were traveling to play in major High-school AAU
Tournaments in Phoenix,Arizona, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Russia, Isreal, Florida, Texas, Etc, Since the early 70's(Around 1972), While, Cecil Watkins was the founder of the Ray Felix league in 1969, Which, Cecil Watkins created into the Elmccor/City-Wide tournament,
With basketball sites, All-over New York(Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan, The Bronx), Cecil Watkins was also the president and CEO of the National Pro-Am City Leagues Association, Inc., In New York(Non Profit organazation, Which raises money via sponsors to have basketball tournaments in the New York city area, Going back to the mid/late 60's,
Cecil Watkins was aslo National Director of Referees in the NBA, During the early 70's to early 80's, Cecil Watkins was very instrumental in giving NBA and ABA referees the chance to develop their skills for officating baskeball games, Via, The Pro summer league circuit in
New York at The Rucker, IS8, Bob Douglass tournament(Francis Lewis Highschool during the mid 70's), Tillary Park, Riis Beach, Rockaway Beach, Montebello Park(Springfield Gardens, Queens), Dykeman Projects, 127 Park, Pro Am games at Xavier Highschool In Manhattan, CCNY, Columbia University, Fordham University, Roberto Clements State park in the Bronx, Etc, Cecil Watkins used to have Legendary NBA referees, like Mendy
Rudolph/Rip, Earl Strom/Rp, Dick Bevetta, Jack Nies, Tommy Nunez, Steve Javie, Along with College referees like, Ed Hightower, Teddy Valentine, Etc, Referee summer Pro leagues games at IS8(Pro-Am), From 1973 to 1982, Chuck, Cecil Watkins is an Icon, In
Regards to the New York basketball circuit and the community too, My man, Chuck, Cecil Watkins was one of the nicest cats that i've ever met, In my 41 years, Of playing and Following the game of basketball, My man(Along with Leroy Watkins too, Though, Leroy
Watkins would not allow me to tryout for Elmcor's Senior Division crew in 1976 at St.John's University, Because, As Leroy Watkins, Put it, I was to small, But, My 3 of my boys were
Allowed to tryout, By Leroy Watkins, And, We were all around the same size, Though, I was the smallest at the time in 1976/LOL), Chuck, I have plenty of stories, In regards to Cecil Watkins(And, His brother Leroy Watkins too/LOL), Chuck, Cecil Watkins was very close to Bob McCullough(Former Director of the Rucker Tournament in 1965 to the mid 80's,
And,Founder and President of the Each-One, Teach One, Program in Harlem, From 1969 to the late 80s'), Freddie Crawford(Former Director of the Rucker Pro tournament from 1965 to the mid 80's, And, Former Director and Vice president of the Each, One, Teach one,
Program in harlem, during the mid 60's to late 80's, Howie Evans(Pro,College Highschool tournament director in Harlem, During the 1960's,70's,80's,90's,), Ollie Edinboro/Rip(Former Park assocation director from Harlem, During the 1950's60's,70's,80's,) Chuck, Cecil Watkins touched alot of lives, Going back to the 1960's, My man(Cecil Watkins most definitely,
Touched the life of a very young cat from the southside/Jamaica,Queens, During the mid 70's, In regards to Cecil Watkins giving me the inspiration, Guidance, Patience, Resilency, Etc, To love the game of basketball(Not just playing it, But, To love the history of the game of basketball too), Along with Cecil Watkins being a second father figure to me, And, So many cats from around the way in Queens, During the mid 70's to mid 80's, Chuck, Yes,
I do remember your man Eric Short(6'3 cat, Who played for either Midwood Of Southshore High school in Brooklyn, During the mid to late 70's), Chuck, Your man Eric Short played with Brooklyn USA in the 1977 Wheel-Chair Classic at Mater Christi highschool in Astoria,Queens(If i remember correctly), Infact, I played against Eric Short at the BRC
(Brownsville Recreation league on Linden blvd by Dumont ave in the, Neva, Run Neva, Will/LOL), Breevort tournament(Breevort Projects), Etc, Your man Eric Short was nice with his(I cannot remember what college Eric Short Played for though), Eric Short used to play
With Al King(Fort Hamilton), Rolando Blackman(Grady)Earl Fuller(Southshore), Ty Ladson(Canarsie), Chris Logan(Bishop Ford), Stretch Graham(Lafeyette), Earl Nesbit(Layfeyette), Eric Marbury(Lincoln), Jeff Thomas(Sheepshead Bay), Etc, All of thsoe cats used to play for Brooklyn USA, During the mid to late 70's(Coached by my man Rapper Perez/Rip.
Thanx Mike I knew you'd do the man justice. Respect fam.
Eric and I Lived within two blocks of each other as kids and I watched him grow into a baller. Did you know Les Miller as well?
: R.I.P Cecil Watkins
Chuck, Did your man Les Miller play for Midwood or Southshore(With, Earl Fuller from Brownsville), During the mid to late 70's(Around 1975 to 1977), My man, I do recall a cat named Les Miller from Brooklyn, But, i cannot remember, Where, I know the name from, Right about now, My man(Senior Citizens moment), Chuck, Maybe, After i come back from
Doing my thing, With a chicken wing(Lunch), I can remember, More about your man Les Miller, Chuck, Cecil Watkins used to ref games at IS8(Pro Summer League), Back in 1973, To the late 70's(Cecil Watkins was an excellent ref, Who blew the whiste with authority, My man), I met Cecil Watkins at St.John's University summer program, During the summer of 1974, My man, Cecil Watkins was very close to Lou Canessca, John Kresse(Who was the
Former Top assistant coach for St.John's, During the late 60's to 1980, Along with John Kresse being the former head coach for The College of Charleston in South Carolina from 1980 to 2000), Ron Rutledge(Former assistant Caoch for st.john's University , From 1979 to 1996), Ron Ruthledge was the cat, Who was very instrumental in St.John's signing cats like Chris Mullin, Mark Jackson, Walter Berry, Shelton Jones, Willie Glass, Boo Harvey, Mike
Porter, Felipe Lopez, Zendon Hamilton, Maurice Brown(Grady HS in Brooklyn),Etc, Cecil Watkins was also crew with Al Lewis(Grandpa Munster/Rip), Al Lewis was on the New York Basketball circuit as a free-lance college basketball recruiter, Since the 1950's, Along with Al Lewis being a graduate of Jefferson HS in Brooklyn(Sid Green's alma mater in 1979/LOL),
Chuck, Mad NBA and ABA referees, Received their starts on the basketball circuit, Thru Cecil Watkins, My man(Who is the John Wooden of New York City basketball, Chuck, The only cat with more juice on the New York basketball circuit, Than, Cecil Watkins, Is Holcombe Rucker, My man, Hopefully, Some-one will put together a documentary on the life of Cecil Watkins, For those, Who knew Cecil Watkins well, As for those, Who, Never heard of Cecil Watkins, But, Are true lovers of the game of basketball, Chuck, Here's some more
information on Cecil Watkins(Who had a very bad habit of parking his car, Infront of my pops driveway, Thus, Blocking my pops from using his driveway, To park his car, When, My pops would come home mad tired from Work, During the nights, That, Cecil Watkins, Would
Be officating a game at IS8/LOL, Chuck, I invited Cecil Watkins to dinner at my moms and pops rest, Across the street from IS8, During the mid 70's to late 80's, More than a few times, Infact, My pops was very glad to meet the MF(Cecil Watkins/LOL), Who was blocking his driveway(Well, Cecil Watkins was not the only cat, Who would blocking my pops driveway/LOL, Lloyd Free, Fly Williams, Al Skinner(New York Nets, During the
70's/80's, Present head coach at Boston college), Al McGuire(Rip), Joe Hammond, Etc, Used to do the same thing, All through the summers, From 1973 to 1982(My pops got used to cats blocking the driveway, Though, My moms wanted to step to a few cats for that nonsense/LOL).
Cecil Watkins/Founder of Elmcor AAU highschool Program in Queens(1971)Cecil Watkins is the governor and boys basketball chairman of the New York Metropolitan Amateur Athletic
Union, a youth sport organization dedicated to the promotion and development of amateur sports programs.
The basketball programs are designed to initiate, stimulate, and improve opportunities for amateur basketball competition and to promote and develop leadership, sportsmanship, fitness, and athletic excellence.
He is also presently the president and CEO of National
Pro-Am City Leagues Association, Inc., a
not-for-profit community service organization that
specializes in developing and administering turnkey sports league programs and high Visibility sporting events in major urban and suburban areas across the country. In addition, the organization is widely recognized as a premier venue for youth and adults to
acquire professional experience and employment in all aspects of sports administration.
Mr. Watkins is respected nationwide for his knowledge and leadership in sports and community recreation. Prior to his current leadership roles, Mr. Watkins
held various positions, including director of recreation of New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation, director of community and special programs for the National Basketball Association, and served in the Army as a recreation specialist for two years. He
established the prestigious Ray Felix Summer League, Which evolved into City-Wide, a nationally recognized summer basketball program in New York City. He co-founded the Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities,
Inc., a human service agency serving Corona, East
Elmhurst, and Jamaica in Queens, New York. In the past 38 years, he has secured more than 1,800 scholarships for student athletes from the New York metropolitan
Mr. Watkins has received more than 100 awards, Including the Basketball Congress International Commissioner of the Year Award, Boy Scouts of America Recognition Award, and Queensboro President Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a member of the Adelphi
University Athletic Hall of Fame and New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.
He earned his B.A. and M.A. in sports administration and management from Adelphi University. He and his wife Valerie live in Westbury, New York, and have two
children, Kara and Keri.
Mike Les was Brooklyn Techs resident Big man before Kelvin came. he also lived in the nabe with Eric and I and they used to get it in against each other!
Played Ball at hartwick College.
Cecil Watkins was friends with our Salvation Army team coach, Don Ryan, who was also Dr. J's first coach. Cecil Watkins was instrumental in getting our Salvation Army team to play in the Virgin Islands in 1970. A few members of the team made the All Stars in 1971. Mike, did you get one of those Bicentennial City Wide shirts in 76?
: R.I.P Cecil Watkins
Chuck, Your man Les Miller, Had to be Playing against, Cats like, Mel Davis(Boys High), George Johnson(New Utrecht), Steve Sheppard(Clinton HS), Ernie Douse(Boys High), Fly Williams(James Madison HS), Etc, During the late 60's to mid 70's, My man, Chuck, Was your man les Miller nicer than Kelvin Hicks, My man(Kelvin, Used to fetch cats shit to the Soda machine at Brooklyn Tech and New York Tech, During the 70's/early 80's, My Man/LOL), Jcapeverde, Yes, I did have one of those Bi-Centennial City-Wide shirts from 76,
My man(My joint was yellow with the white writing, Saying, Citywide AA Courts-man, Along with the Queens writing in regards to the location of the borough that i played in, During the citywide/Elmcor tournament, Jcapeverde, Remember, Back in the 70's, A cat could not
Play in two tournaments(Citywide/Elmcor), At the same-time, My man(Example:A cat who Was playing Citywide in Queens, Could not play Citywide or Elmcor, Anywhere else in the City, Though, There were a few cats who got away with that though/LOL), Jcapeverde, Do you remember, The, 'Elmcor Dope Kills', Shirts, During the early to mid 70's, My man(Which,
Did not have a number on that back), Jcapeverde, I used to play, City-Wide in the Bronx(Roberto Clemente State park on the Major Deegan Expressway, From 1974 to 1978), Though, During the summer of 1976, I was playing City-Wide in East Elmhurst,Queens, And, Elmcor at 127 Park in Astoria,Queens in 1979, So, I had to stop playing at 127 Park, After a
Ffew games, Because, Cats from Queens, Had heard i was also playing citywide in the Bronx(LOL), Fletch, Jcapeverde, Ron Ruthledge(Former Assistant coach for St.John's, From 1979 to 1996), Used to ref at Montebello park in Springfield Blvd in Springfield Gardens,Queens,
During the early to late 70's(Citywide/Elmcor), Along with Cecil Watkins(Who was still the National Director of NBA officals during the 70's to early 80's, Cecil Watkins was responsible for training and developing the young officals, Who were taking part in the referee school that Cecil Watkins would oversee in New York, In regards to NBA referees, So, Cecil Watkins used to bring young officals like Teddy Valentine, Jeff Kersey, Ed Middleton, Etc,
Up to IS8, Montebello Park, West 4thst, Etc, When-ever Cecil Watkins, Was scheduled to referee a game, During the early to late 70's.
R.I.P Cecil Watkins
Chuck, Cecil Watkins was very instrumental in starting and creating the National Pro-Am summer basketball tournaments in differeent cites, All-over the country, During the late 70's, Infact, Through Cecil Watkins efforts, The National Pro-am Tournaments, Are widely known by those on the summer basketball circuit, All-over the country, Cecil Watkins was
Very instrumental in negotations with ABC and ESPN, Television networks, In regards to ABC and ESPN, Televising National Pro-Am summer league games, During the 80's/90's,2000's, ESPN will show some games at West 4thst and Rucker Park in New York,
Venice Beach in Los Angeles, Temple University(Sonny Hill/Baker League), Etc, The New York basketball circuit, Along with basketball entities, From all-over the country(And, Abroad), Will always honor and respect, The efforts, Impact and contributions, Of Cecil Watkins.