It’s high flying professional basketball in Kankakee County!
The Kankakee County Soldiers have entered their eighth season playing in the IBA-PBL. The Soldiers brought home the championship in the winter of 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The Soldiers deliver quality sports entertainment at an affordable price. The Soldiers also enjoy giving back to the community, volunteering their time being role models, and mentors for our area youth.
The momentum is building and 2013 promises to easily be the best season ever for the Soldiers, their fans, and their partners in Kankakee County. However, the team has far more on its mind than basketball. The players are leaders and role models, volunteering their time and energy to area schools and community organizations.
Pictured to the left is Soldiers player Ryan Edwards as he greets students arriving for a program about bullying put on by the Kankakee County Soldiers. Edwards was named MVP of IBA Winter 2011-2012 Season and was also recently invited to tryout with the NBA Milwaukee Bucks. With bullying becoming a hot-button issue across the nation, the Soldiers visited Kennedy Middle Grade School in Kankakee to reinforce positive behavior and working together.
"We've got this saying on our team, you can see it on my shirt right here, it says what?" asked Barry Bradford, owner and head coach of the Kankakee County professional basketball team, during the assembly. The students gathered in the bleachers in the large gym shouted back, "We are one." "It means we believe we are a team and that's not just on our team,” Bradford responded. “It's everyone in our organization, everyone in the community. We want to make sure everyone's doing OK. That's what we believe in."
| WE ARE ONE!