mikedaniel

Mike played for the vineyard varsity from 1978-1981; in his senior season he won cape and islands scoring title, also was leading vote getter for cape and island all-star team and named MVP of league, which led to try out for top 48 in eastern mass where he was a finalist.  Upon completion of high school mike went on to play at Fayetteville state university (North Carolina) before transferring to New York institute of technology (long island, NY) Niantic Park in the summer leauge.There were different levels, college division, Semi-Pro Division, ABA division and the NBA division. The great thing about that league there was a division for each age group, and not only that, in the mornings from 9-12 there was also a skills camp that taught the kids about the game. Over the years as mike started to come back to the vineyard he realized that there were not a lot of kids taking advantage of the park and the leagues along with his nephew omar who also grew up playing in the same summer league, and a few other friends got together to see what they could do to make the park fun again. What they came up with was

The Vineyard Streetball Classic 3on3 basketball tournament to be held 4th of July weekend the first year being 2002.This past summer was the 10th year it has grown each year with the help of Local businesses and sponsors and volunteers. It is a fun day for the kid’s music, food, and great basketball, also this past year The Vineyard Streetball Classic was able to partner with the Martha's Vineyard Boy's and Girl's club to help raise money to send youth's to their summer camp.

Mike is currently residing in Boston, Mass where in 2010 along with Demetrius Russell co-founded  "YDC" (youth development coalition) in which "PLAY FOR PEACE" 3on3 basketball tournaments are played in different neighborhoods throughout the city of Boston using basketball to teach the youth about life, friendship and responsibilities, to their families, neighbors and to themselves.

Mike still keeps strong ties to the vineyard through family and a host of friends, his passion for the "purple and white" still shows through his love for the game and his love for the island.

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