Your Rochester RazorSharks' very own Finley the Shark was in attendance at the JDRF Walk to Cure this weekend at RIT. The JDRF Walk is held nation wide and is an impactful way to raise money for critically needed Type 1 Diabetes research and show support for the millions of people affected by this serious disease. Pictured is team "Uptown Pump" supporting Anna Williams, a recently diagnosed 13 year old. Anna has embraced her diagnosis and is determined to fight back by collecting as much money as possible to aid toward curing Diabetes. Her "take charge" attitude has allowed her to be one of the top fundraisers in raising a total of $3,800.00! Hundreds of people attended the walk raising a grand total of $175,349.40. We are proud to support such a great cause, especially Finley, who walked the whole 5k along with the Rochester Knighthawks' "RThunder." No mascot has done this in over 6 years! Great work everyone!
Razorsharks Continue Supporting the Press Radio Club
Rochester, NY- On Monday, May 4th Members of Rochester RazorSharks family attended the 66th Annual Press Radio Club Day of Champions Children’s Charities Dinner. The Guest of Honor at the dinner was NFL running back Demarco Murray, NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who received the Coca-Cola Sports Personality of the Year Award. Among other guests at the event were a few representatives of the Rochester Razorsharks including: Dr. Sev Hrywnak, Coach Robert Spon, Assistant Coach Chris Iverson, Jerice Crouch, Melvin Council, and Casey Sheehan. Dr Sev Hrywnak on behalf of the Rochester Razorsharks had the privilege of presenting the Coach of the Year Award to R.I.T. College Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Jake Coon.
Since the Press-Radio Club started in 1949, it has donated more than a million dollars to Rochester-area charities. The Day of Champions Dinner is a charity event to recognize outstanding sports members in the community for their efforts in a wide range of sporting events. The Press Radio Club hosts The Day of Champions Dinner every year and includes a silent auction to raise money for children’s charities. The Razorsharks have been major supporters, year after year of this event and always seek to give back to the community when they can. This year the Rochester Razorsharks donated a trip to Chicago for the silent auction. This trip included airfare, hotel, a limo ride, dinner, and 2 tickets to a Bulls or Blackhawks game.
Thank You RazorSharks and the City of Rochester for a Great Year
Rochester, NY- Here are some parting words from the RazorSharks now former head coach, Robert Spon.
“I would like to personally thank the Rochester RazorSharks and Dr. Hrywnak for a great season. The players, the fans, and the organization as a whole, it’s been an absolutely great year and I wish everyone only the best. The success we had this past season has helped open doors as a professional coach and has led to some great offers from other organizations needing assistance in developing their program. I wish the RazorSharks the best of luck in the future. Thank you.”
The six-time champion Rochester RazorSharks recently celebrated their fifth Premier Basketball League title, but what many people don’t know is that Assistant Coach Chris Iversen has been with the organization for nine of those 10 seasons.
Utilizing his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Studies and Management from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, he first joined the RazorSharks back in 2005 as the Director of Game Day Operations during their inaugural season. He would then move on as the team Camp Director for children during the off-season and would become the Vice President of Operations in 2006.
While maintaining his operations role with the organization, Iversen would be hired as the assistant coach for the RazorSharks in 2008 and would win his first coaching championship after the defeating the Battle Creek 152-115. Since then, Iversen has won two PBL championships with the RazorSharks, including their most recent sweep over the Lake Michigan Admirals.
We know a lot about Coach Iversen and his skills he brings on the court, but we had a chance to sit down and get to know the man himself.
Resulting in a perfect season, how did this team differ than those in the past?
CI: The personality of the team this year was different from any other team I’ve been around. We haven’t always had the best five on our team, but we have always pride ourselves in having the best 12, and that’s how this team was similar to past teams. Each night it seemed like someone different stepped up, but it is a credit to the organization that we can get talent like that with guys having to sacrifice their minutes and number for the group.
Favorite NBA team growing up?
CI: Growing up and still is the Los Angeles Lakers. My first memory of watching basketball on TV was seeing them play in the finals.
Favorite NBA player growing up?
CI: Magic Johnson and 32 is my favorite number.
Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
CI: Neither. I’ll take Magic or Kobe.
It’s a Saturday night, what are you usually doing?
CI: During the season usually prepping for a game, but in the summer, hopefully I’m just getting off the golf course.
Biggest achievement you’re most proud of?
CI: Probably our championship in 2009 because it was my first as an assistant coach. Also, the game I filled in as head coach in 2013 was a pretty proud moment and that group of guys was dear to me. I honestly and truly get the most pride out of watching our guys have success especially when things we work on in practice translates over to the games.
Scooby Doo or Snoopy?
CI: Scooby Doo
Most embarrassing song on your iPod/iPhone?
CI: Probably a Kelly Clarkson song.
What is your favorite TV show?
CI: ‘Pardon the Interruption’ is something I make an effort to watch everyday, but I’m a big sitcom guy too.
Something special you’re excited to do this upcoming summer?
CI: I always get excited about our golf tournament that we hold at Corning Country Club in Corning, NY every year (Mike McMahon Golf Classic). This marks our 10th year of the tourney, but always a great opportunity to catch up with family and friends that I don’t get to see very often. Other than that I look forward to just being able to catch up with people in general who I don’t get to see much during the season.
Something you’d like to say closing this interview?
CI: It is a true blessing to be able to work with the guys that have come through our organization over the years, whether it’s for a short time or for multiple seasons. They have all helped me grow as a coach and I’ll always be appreciative of them. I genuinely love having the opportunity to play in front of our fans, and it’s a joy to see them at each game and has been a blessing to be able to share our success with them over the years.
Also, my favorite, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” –Jackie Robinson
Chicago, IL- The Premier Basketball League is announcing the beginning of a new partnership with ESPN3. The new deal will allow the PBL to reach even more fans by adding another major broadcasting partner to its impressive network lineup of live and on-demand game coverage.
ESPN3 is the official online streaming network of ESPN owned primarily by The Walt Disney Company available in North America and internationally.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to partner with the largest and most recognizable name in sports,” stated Dennis Truax, Commissioner of the PBL.
ESPN3 currently broadcasts NCAA college basketball, FIFA World Cup, the Arena Football League, NBA, WNBA, MLB and other big name leagues that now include the PBL.