The St.Louis Trotters had three players that was selected to the 2014 IBA all-star team. Players Nicholas Reed, Jabril Bailey, and Milan Pepper from the trotters joined the other all-stars to make up an exciting roster. The game was played before the championship game during playoffs weekend June the 8th. “It was an honor for myself, Nicholas and Jabril to participate in that game.” The three Trotters was part of the South team with players from the Kankakee Soldiers and Markham City Racers. They played against the North team that consist of players from the Racine Storm, Windy City Blazers and Grand Rapids Fusion. ” The game was fun and exciting” said Milan Pepper. The guys was out there trash talking, laughing and just having fun in front of the fans. The South team beat the North Team 109 to 106.
After finishing the season with a 13-3 record, the St. Louis received several awards from the IBA. Leading the way was head coach Harold Webster, assistant coach Marlon Pepper, received the Coach of the Year. “It was an honor to have my coaching staff recognized for their hard work this session. Our coaching staff does a great job preparing us for each game” says team owner Milan Pepper.
The second award was received by our all-star guard and team co-captain Nicholas ‘Nico’ Reed was the Defensive Player of the Year. Nico is one of the best defensive players on the St. Louis Trotters. He can defend the opponent’s best player regardless of their size. Whether he’s guarding a forward or another guard, his height and quickness makes it difficult for his opponents to score. “He’s always up for a challenge” says Milan Pepper.
The last honor received by the St. Louis Trotters was the Community Service Award. This award is given to the team that is heavily involved in the community. With the help of V.P. DeWarren Smith, CFO Marlon Pepper and COO Barbara Pepper, the St. Louis Trotter have partnered with several organizations such as the Share My Kickz Foundation, LACE, #1 Fan Volunteering Agency and Better Family Life. The Trotters have participated in the basketball camp BBall for all for youth on the autism spectrum, a panel discussion for Black Manhood and J-Walk’N A Walk For a Purpose with the Larry Hughes foundation just to name a few.