Intro Lesson: Rochester Royals (album)Rochester’s professional basketball team, the Rochester Royals, called Rochester home from their 1945/46 season until the 1956/57 season. They played in the National Basketball League from 1945 – 1948, and in the National Basketball Association from 1948 until 1957. The also won the NBA championship in their 1950/51 season, defeating the New York Knicks in 7 games.The Royals eventually moved to Cincinnati, Kansas City (where the existing professional baseball team forced a name change to the Kings), and then to Sacramento where they have remained ever since as the Sacramento Kings.Word of the Day: armory(from Middle English armerie = to bear arms)
The Rochester Royals used to play at Rochester’s Main Street Armory, which now hosts many local and national performances.
Trip: We headed out from the club and headed to one of our favorite transition routes – the Genesee River Trail. We then headed north to Chestnut Street where the kids got to learn how nasty chip seal can be on bike tires. They then go to watch Marc change his flat tire. From there we headed north along Hudson Avenue past the headquarters of one of our sponsors, R Commnuity Bikes, where one of their staff Tim Kearney gave us some insight into the work they do. From there, it was straight to St. Stanislaus Hall, the former practice court for the Rochester Royals. It was the perfect spot for a little R&R before we headed back to the club. Unfortunately, limited time and the near-90 degree heat kept us from visiting the Armory, so from St. Stanislaus we headed west to the Genesee River and then headed home via the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge at High Falls and then Brown Street.
This trip was on August 20, 2011
Trip distance: 11.5 miles
Programming time: 2.5 hours
Participants: Alex Forbes (12), Sid Forbes (10 1/2), Damien Grant (12), Jazz Griffin (12), Keyon McClary, Jonathan Shellman, Malik Sturgis
Leaders: Marc Lavender, Eric Soublet