The Ruey Classic is the culminating event of SoulPhamm's athletic and artistic season. It is named after Coach Luis Herrera, who was nicknamed "Ruey" by his wife Mz. Doc. The first Ruey Classic was held on Saturday, June 26, 2021.
At the center of the annual event is the SoulGentz' Basketball Finale, which is filled with symbolism honoring Coach Lou's memory and includes an "adult-friendly" game (the Throwbacks) and a youth game (the NuJacks).
The New Jersey basketball team is named "Team Orion" after Coach Lou and the New York team is named "Team Dark Matter/DM" after Coach Lou's best friend Mike. Throughout their childhood and well into their adulthood, the two would meet every Saturday on the basketball court for a one-on-one game. To honor this tradition and light-hearted competition, Team Orion and Team DM will meet annually every year for the title of "Team of the Year".
Coach Lou would also argue with Mz. Doc constantly about which borough was the best (he was from the Bronx and she is from Brooklyn), so the Throwback game includes adults who will represent or who are from Brooklyn (Team Crown Heights) and the Bronx (Team Castle Hill) battling of the title of "Best Hood".
SoulPhamm's other programs (cheerleading, majorette, step, dance, drumline) also play significant roles during this event, showcasing their talent, celebrating Coach Lou's legacy, and marking the end of their competitive seasons.
Individuals or organizations who would like to donate to the annual event, can send their donation via CashApp ($SoulPhamm), Venmo (@SoulPhamm) or PayPal (email@example.com) or can reach out to us if they desire to mail their donation.
We are always looking for corporate/local business sponsors for this event. To find out how you can help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The 2022 Ruey Classic will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022!