The Mount Clemens Town Commission is expected to approve plans to name a basketball court on Monday after a highly regarded high school basketball coach and mentor.
The proposed honor comes on the 20th anniversary of Ved Green’s death, remembered for his knowledge of the game, his compassion for his players, and the little blue stress ball he squeezed in close matches. .
Mr. Green died of a heart attack he suffered while serving as a chaperone at the Mount Clemens High School graduation party in October 2001. He was 44 years old.
The Cairns Community Center basketball courts have been unofficially referred to as the Ved Green Memorial Basketball Court since their renovation, Mount Clemens City Manager Donald Johnson said in the agenda documents. This took place when the park and the building were under the control of the school district.
“Since this facility is now under city control, we would like to honor the late coach and formalize the name by passing the attached resolution,” Johnson said in a letter to the committee.
Earlier this year, the Mount Clemens Community School District formally submitted land transfer documents ending its 99-year lease on the Cairns property.
According to the resolution, Coach Green was a “talented basketball player and beloved coach” in the Mount Clemens community.
He coached the girls’ basketball at Mount Clemens High School from 1990 to 2001. The acclaimed coach led the team to seven district championships, one regional title and five Macomb regional conference championships. In 1999, he was named Free Press All-East Coach of the Year.
While a student athlete for the Bathers, Green set the men’s basketball record at Mount Clemens for most blocked shots at age nine.
In 1995 Coach Green co-founded the Macomb County Cougars, a summer recreation center
team designed to keep at-risk young women focused on a common goal while learning
the fundamentals of basketball. More than 3,000 children have been positively affected by the program and hundreds of young players have been awarded sports scholarships thanks to its intervention, the resolution said.
The resolution read: “Ved Green will always be remembered for inspiring and shaping the lives of
countless student-athletes while sharing his love of basketball.
Monday’s municipal commission will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1 Boulevard Crocker.