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Umemba and Castro will host ‘Let It Fly’ on Saturday – Chelsea Record


Meet the two men who have made Chelsea the center of college high school basketball for the past seven months of August:

Kyle Umemba is a former BB&N prep school basketball player who went on a tryout with the George Washington University Division 1 team. He works in the financial sector and parades on international catwalks as a model.

The Let It Fly Championship
gaming uniforms that are dedicated to memory
from the University of Kentucky
basketball star Terrence Clarke.
Co-directors of Let It Fly Classic
Kyle Umemba and Cesar Castro will host their seventh annual basketball tournament Saturday at Chelsea High School.

In fact, Kyle called in from Scotland for the pre-tournament interview for this story, after making a professional modeling appearance in Berlin.

“I am here [in Scotland] for a day and then I’ll head to the best city on the planet – Chelsea,” said Kyle, co-director of the Let It Fly Basketball Classic which is scheduled for this Saturday at Chelsea High’s Saul Nechtem Gymnasium.

Cesar Castro, 31, the other manager of Let It Fly, is the second-highest scorer in Chelsea High School men’s basketball history with 1,252 points, just behind the great Craig Walker on the all-time list. A 2010 graduate, Cesar continued his career as an all-around player at Bunker Hill Community College and is now set to take charge of Chelsea High School’s boys’ basketball team as a coach. -chief. He has worked in the Chelsea school system since 2015.

“We are very excited to host the seventh annual Let It Fly Classic,” said Cesar, son of Cesar Castro Sr. and Noemi Castro. “It’s always an amazing moment, to see everyone come together for this special day of basketball. Everyone looks forward to the Let It Fly every year, every summer, especially the kids, for whom this event is all about – giving them the limelight to show off their talent.

Build an event

Kyle knew that all along. Cesar said, let’s do it.

The first Let It Fly Classic was held outdoors in Highland Park, drawing a large crowd. The atmosphere was electric like Rucker Park in New York. Kyle knew he and Cesar were onto something big, and the tournament following grew steadily the following year.

The duo moved the tournament inside the Jordan Boys and Girls Club which was packed for matches. One of the year’s special guests was University of Kentucky and 6-foot-11 NBA center Nerlens Noel, who traveled from his hometown of Everett to be a spectator at what was now a showcase for elite high school basketball players.

“At the first tournament, I saw the crowd of people around Highland Park on a hot summer day, and I thought, wow, we were really about to have something special in the city. “, Cesar said. “The crowd kept getting bigger and we had to move from the Jordan Boys and Girls Club to Chelsea High.”

Kyle isn’t surprised the tournament has become one of the most anticipated events on the New England high school basketball scene.

“I knew Cesar and had the mindset to make it happen,” Kyle said. “It’s just going forward and having that vision.”

Chelsea students will once again benefit from the efforts of Kyle and Cesar. Let It Fly will present eight scholarships to Chelsea students at the tournament.

Free food for all

One of the unique aspects of the Let It Fly Basketball Classic is that the tournament offers free food to everyone – players, coaches and spectators.

Kyle’s mother, Joan Cromwell, is one of the prime-time caterers, and she never disappoints with her cooking skills. You can ask the Georgetown University Football Program for whom last season Joan Cromwell cooked 120 post-game dinners for players’ return trip from Holy Cross to Worcester in Washington, D.C. Her son, Kingsley Umemba , played football in Georgetown.

There will be free breakfasts courtesy of Muffin Town, Dunkin Donuts and McDonald’s.

Michael G’s, owned by 1982 Chelsea High Class graduate Michael Giannasca, will provide the lunches.

Each player will receive free match shirts and personalized Let It Fly shorts.

The championship game uniforms are dedicated to the memory of Kentucky basketball star Terrence Clark, who grew up in the Boston area.

The administrators thank

tournament supporters

Both Kyle and Cesar are grateful to the tournament’s sponsors and supporters, with the main sponsor being the Chelsea Black Community (CBC), led by Joan Cromwell, president of the organization.

Converse returns as a major sponsor.

Concepts, a Cambridge-based fashion boutique, is also on board. Basketball publication Slam Magazine will show highlights from the tournament.

“We would like to thank the school administration for allowing the use of the high school and for the efforts of Chelsea High’s caretakers and security,” Cesar said. “I want to give the chief a big shutout [Brian] Kyes]and the police department for always supporting us and having their officers at the tournament and keeping everyone safe.

The tournament is launched

at 10 o’clock

Saturday’s tournament begins at 10 a.m. There will be a women’s basketball all-star game at 2 p.m. The championship game is at 6 p.m.

“This will be our biggest and best tournament yet,” promises Kyle. “Last year we were big. This year it’s even bigger.