By Yuriy Andriyashchuk
Hip-HopVibe.com Staff Writer
2 Chainz has had a very hot start to 2019 as he released his fifth studio album “Rap or Go to the League.” Now, he’s continuing his business relationship with his hometown Atlanta Hawks. He’s performed at games in the past and now, he’s officially a minority owner in the team’s new development G League team, the College Park Skyhawks.
2 Chainz will be joining team CEO Steve Koonin, Principal Owner Tony Ressler and Vice Chair of the Board and Hall of Famer Grant Hill. The College Park area of Atlanta is where he grew up so it’s fitting that he’s part of this move. The Hawks’ previous G League affiliate were the Bayhawks in Erie, Pennsylvania. 2 Chainz also played ball himself back in the day as he was on North Clayton High School’s team along with the college level as he earned a scholarship to play at Alabama State University.
“It’s exciting and a dream come TRU to be a part of a sports team, especially one in my community,” 2 Chainz said.(Via CPSkyHawks.com) “Being able to give back, create opportunities for the youth, inspire and show people what you can do if you believe in yourself and work hard makes this opportunity so meaningful to me.”
The Skyhawks will begin playing during the 2019-20 season at the Gateway Center. The deposit for the team’s inaugural membership is $25. 2 Chainz added that this move to join the Hawks’ G League team was years in the making, per Billboard. It all started with a conversation in their locker room at one of their games.
“When the new owners took over a couple years ago, they had a conversation with me in the locker room during halftime [of an Atlanta Hawks game about] some of the things they wanted to do in the community to make their presence felt, do some uplifting and [get] more fan awareness,” 2 Chainz said.
Salute to 2 Chainz on another successful business venture and doing so with his hometown team. Check out more photos of the Skyhawks’ logos below.
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