THE PEOPLE'S GAMES is a new brand of sport in America. It is an original and unique concept which provides an opportunity for the common man to represent their city in sporting competition against rival cities. It's an opportunity for real people...teachers, taxi drivers, policemen, janitors, waiters, etc... to live out their dream of playing in a big time sporting event, representing their family, neighborhood, and city in pursuit of the thrill of victory.
THE PEOPLE'S GAMES recaptures the way sports used to be...when it was about heart, passion, and teamwork...played by people of varying backgrounds, race, religion, and social status...in short, when people played for 'the love of the game', not for money or fame. Unlike other competitions, players on a team must come from the city for which they play.
We invited residents of New York City and Los Angeles to participate in open tryouts that were held at 6 locations in LA and 4 locations in NYC on Sunday, March 13th. The coaches met Monday, March 14th and chose the players that they invited back to the second stage tryout on Sunday, March 20th. Roughly 40 players were selected to attend the final tryout on Sunday, March 27th. All current residents who are 18 and older, and have never played professional basketball are encouraged to tryout for their participating city.
Basketball Legend Lucius Allen, member of the John Wooden National Championship UCLA Bruins, will coach the Los Angeles Team. Former NY Knick Great "Earl the Pearl" Monroe, voted one of the top NBA players of all time, will coach the NYC team.
The basketball games will be played May 8th (bring your Mom!) in Los Angeles, and May 10th and May 11th (if needed) in New York City. The specific game times and locations are TBD.
The Games will be webcast live on www.peoplesgames.com. If you are unable to come to the games please enjoy the experience from your own home. In addition to the basketball game you will have the opportunity of watching the best local bands in each city, dance squads and the TPG Winner for who gets to sing the National Anthem.
We encourage the fans of The People's Games to vote on our website to decide who the 19th and 20th players will be on each team. Fans can vote for the mascot, cheerleaders, and who sings the National Anthem. We hope that fans will attend our games or watch them streaming live on our website on May 8th, 9th, and 10th (if the 3rd game is needed). At the games, attendees will see local bands play and the TPG winner sing the National Anthem.
TRASH TALK Get involved by supporting your city by trashing the other... go ahead, let 'em have it... and be ready to take as good as you give.TPG Fans and Players will vote on our website to choose the:
* If you would like to place yourself in the running for any of the above, please submit video and photos on our website.
Players are not paid to play for their city in The People's Games. TPG strives to get at the core of the love of the Game and the love of the People. People who tryout and get selected to represent their city have the greatest honor of all, representing their people. Each participating city's Department of Recreation and Parks will benefit from the Games, with winning city receiving an additional fee.
Even if TPG is not in your city, there are still plenty of ways to get involved. We have robust expansion plans to come to the cities where we have a large fan base, so the more you get involved the more likely it will be that we come to your city next! We hope that www.peoplegames.com will serve as a tool to help athletes connect.
A player is considered to be someone who registers to tryout for The People's Games or who participates in a TPG competition.
A fan is anyone who becomes a user, and supports The People's Games and its mission.
A game is a contest that has predefined rules, objectives and a method of scoring allowing players to play.