Organizers Talk Security For Bluff City Classic After Murder Last Year
(Memphis) The Bluff City Classic is underway at Southwest Community College.
The league showcases some of the best college and professional athletes every summer, but last summer it was cut short because of a deadly shooting.
Last year, the event was moved to Lemoyne Owen for space reasons, but this year they’ve brought it back to Southwest.
The events organizer says he doesn’t expect any problems like last year, but they have extra security on hand just to be sure.
The whole reason for the Classic is to provide a safe place for kids to go and be entertained during the summer.
“A lot of the kids who come to these games can’t afford the luxury of a ticket to a University of Memphis game or to a Grizzlies game,” said organizer Stanley Blue.
Last year, that goal was compromised when Fredrick Poplar, who was headed to the event, was shot and killed near where the game was being held.
University of Memphis Coach Josh Pastner pulled all of his players over safety concerns because of the murder.
Blue says violence is very uncommon at his events.
“In my opinion, it was a random act of violence that took place, and it had nothing to do with the league it was just an unfortunate situation so I don’t think there is cause for concern,” said Blue
Blue says having the games back at Southwest helps them out because the school has 24-hour security, and Memphis police is patrolling the area.
He says after last year’s shooting, they have hired private security guards to keep the area safe.
Blue says they aren’t letting last year hold them back.
The free games are every Tuesday through Thursday and will run through August.