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Young under-the-radar hoopsters get a chance to show their stuff

Brian Sandifer’s idea to host a prep boys’ basketball game wasn’t anything new, but his approach was, to say the least, novel. “I felt like there are a lot of kids who get a lot of hype in the metro area,” explains Sandifer, who runs Grassroots Hoops Club, on players who too often virtually get spoiled by coaches and the oft-selective

media. “Some are warranted and some are not warranted” in this regard, he believes. Meanwhile, there are countless others, whatever the reason, who don’t get noticed, displaying their athletic skills under the hoop-followers’ radar so to speak. Sandifer said earlier this summer he joined forces with Stephen McCarthy of the McCarthy Project and MinnesotaHoopstersStandUp’s Aaron Edwards, and the three at first devised a “battle between the classes” format. Continue Reading →

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Top preps return for Grassroots Hoops















There were plenty of hoops at Ganglehoff Center on the campus of Concordia University last Sunday afternoon. Brian Sandifer, a former football and basketball star at St. Agnes during the mid-1980s (he went on to play football at Normandale Community College, Northern Iowa and Southwest State), presented the 3rd annual Grassroots Nation Alumni All Stars Hoops Classic. Grassroots Hoops, created by Sandifer, is a basketball program dedicated to providing academic and athletic opportunities to athletes after they’ve completed their high-school careers. The game featured some of the state’s top former pre-stars who made their marks when playing at the prep level. Continue Reading →

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First Annual All Star Classic a success






BRIAN SANDIFER wanted to reunite the young African American boys’ basketball players who made the mark in the metro area over the past decade. The former football/basketball standout and Saint Agnes graduate (1986) did just that by holding the First Annual All Star Classic at Concordia University last Sunday afternoon. Sandifer, CEO of GRASSROOTS Youth Foundation, coordinated the successful event by inviting a who’s who of past outstanding prep players to participate. There were a few players who stood out. ROOSEVELT SCOTT (St. Continue Reading →

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