On Friday October 7th 2011, the Foot Locker in Arden Fair Mall was officially transformed to a House of Hoops, making the Sacramento location the 1,000th HOH. Around 30 people showed up for the official opening, while the store was packed for the main event.
Right when the doors opened, the crowd bypassed the general releases on the right and left walls, heading straight to the back where the House of Hoops exclusives and limited releases were homed. Some of them included the Nike Hyperfuse 2011 PE's, Air Jordan 2011 Q-Flight Year of the Rabbit and Jordan Melo M7 Future Sole.
On Saturday, the big event kicked off at 2 PM with DJ Sugabear supplying the music and Big Al hosting (both from Sacramento radio station 102.5). Shortly after 2:00, four high school basketball players received the Nike Scholar-Athlete award for their skills on the court, high GPA and extracurricular activities in the community.
After the students received their awards, Ticha Penicheiro took to the stage and talked about her life growing up and how important it is to have an education just in case you don't make it in the NBA/WNBA. What shocked many, was her announcement of possibly retiring from the WNBA.
For the main event, 2009 Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans walked in to an anxious and riled up crowd. After getting settled in, Evans answered some general questions like who would win in a one on one shootout with Ticha Penicheiro (of course he said himself) and what was his plans if the 2011-2012 NBA Season was canceled. Evan's was unsure at the moment, but stated playing overseas is an option.
Throughout the entire event you could not help but notice the ear to ear smiles, excitement from the giveaways, Ticha and Tyreke hitting the stage plus the Air Jordan and Nike HOH exclusives. If you live in Sacramento or close by this was an event you could not miss, but if for some reason you did we have a picture filled re-cap.
House of Hoops Arden Fair Mall
1689 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95815