Classic Shootout brings former Xavier, UC players to the court

Alumni basketball stars Byron Larkin, Sherwin Anderson are among many former players to square off in charity game | April 28, 2004

Alumni basketball stars are bouncing back to the court on Saturday, May 1, for the third annual Classic Shootout that pits former players from Xavier against former players from the University of Cincinnati. The event raises money for a local non-profit group that uses basketball to teach life skills to local youth.

Sherwin Anderson, former captain of the Xavier men’s basketball team, founded Shining Star Sports in 2000 with the idea of using basketball to reach kids and help them reach their potential. The group’s vice president is former UC player Alex Meacham.

The organization serves more than 500 local kids each year from different races and cultural backgrounds with such programs as personal training, AAU basketball, developmental activities, open gym, community service and mentoring.

Anderson played guard for the men’s basketball team from 1993 to 1997, serving as team captain for his last two seasons. He received a B.A. in communications and an M.A. in sports administration from the University.

The event is being held this year at Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati. Former Xavier players on this year’s team include Anderson and teammates Larry Sykes, Jeff Massey, Byron Larkin, Darnell William, Gary Lumpkin, Tyrice Walker, T.J. Johnson and Steve Gentry. Former UC players expected to play this year include Meacham, Damon Flint, Keith Gregor, Curtis Bositic, Roger McClendon, Shawn Myrick, Leonard Stokes, Steve Logan and Eric Martin.

Local celebrities invited to the event include former professional basketball great Oscar Robertson and baseball’s Johnny Bench, Bengal’s coach Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken, former Bengals’ player Anthony Munoz, Cincinnati Vice Mayor Alicia Reece, and radio personalities Andy Furman and Bill Cunningham among others.

More than 2,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event, which starts at 3:00 p.m. and includes a halftime show featuring play by Shining Star students, UC and XU cheerleaders, a raffle of autographed clothing and basketballs, and a chance to meet players and participants.

Tickets are available for $12 at the door. For more information, visit the Shining Star web site, call 513 242-7613 or email Anderson at