Earlier this month, the City of Mount Clemens Commission approved the official name for a community centre’s basketball courts, the Ved Green Memorial Basketball Courts. Green was the girls’ basketball coach at Mount Clemens High School.
MOUNT CLEMENS – The city’s basketball courts have officially a new name.
Earlier this month, the City of Mount Clemens Commission approved the official name for a community centre’s basketball courts, the Ved Green Memorial Basketball Courts.
The late Green was the girls’ basketball coach at Mount Clemens High School.
City manager Don Johnson said the basketball courts at the Cairn Community Center have been unofficially called the Ved Green Memorial Basketball Courts since their renovation.
“It happened 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 pay tribute to the late coach and formalize the name, ”he said.
The city began operating the center in August.
“Much of the city that took over the center was showing the community that the center is the heart of this community, and Ved Green is a perfect example of that,” said Mount Clemens Mayor Laura Kropp.
The two outdoor courts are located near the center at 58 Orchard St.
“He still holds school track records and is in the Michigan Coaching Hall of Fame,” said Kropp. “During the meeting we heard from a former resident of Mount Clemens who said that Ved welcomed her as a teenager and really helped guide her. She had so many good things to say.
A resolution declares that Green was a talented basketball player and a beloved coach in the community.
“His dedication to young people was demonstrated by his role as coach of the Mount Clemens women’s basketball team from 1990 until her death in 2001,” reads. “Ved was a famous leader who took the team to seven district championships, one regional title and five Macomb zone conference crowns.”
Green, who died at 44, was officially honored for his coaching excellence when he was named Detroit Free Press All-East Coach of the Year in 1999.
His younger brother, Mario Green, said knowing how hard Ved worked for the children of Mount Clemens makes the court appointment so meaningful.
“He died in front of the students, and it’s sad to say it was 20 years ago when the school started,” Green said. “He and I were together that day, and he had to leave to chaperone the high school ball.” As I walked down Gratiot, he was coming out of the back of the school. We greeted each other, not knowing that this was the last time I would wave to my brother alive.
Green commented that what made his brother really want to help kids is that when Ved Green was in high school he was missing a credit to graduate.
“He said he would never let that happen to any of his student basketball players, because it was so heartbreaking for him,” Green said. “He had to go to summer school to get that last credit and graduate.”
In college, Ved Green played basketball at Northeast Missouri State University. He was drafted to play professionally in Europe, playing in Kalmar, Sweden.
In 1995, Ved co-founded the Macomb County Cougars, a summer recreation team designed to keep at-risk young women focused on a common goal while learning basketball fundamentals.