Bed Stuy

Chantez Bryant

Since 2016, Chantez Bryant founded the non-profit organization “Fun in The Park” here in Bedford Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy). She created this organization in memory of the late coach Harry O (Harry Sprinkle) and his mentor the late Jocko (Gregory Jackson). She supported Coach Harry O’s potential as he taught the sport of basketball at Lafayette Playground where he spent most of his time coaching and being a role model for the sport.

The organization is composed of urban youths and adults who desire to engage in “free” activities such as basketball, vocational training and community service. Upon having the support of community coaches, official referees, volunteers, Greene Avenue Chefs and more. The organization strives for a platform of opportunities merited for the deserved.  


In addition to the “free” basketball tournaments at Lafayette Playground (Malcolm X Blvd. & Patchen Ave.), the non-profit group hosted a funded Referee camp, an annual outdoor Thanksgiving feast (at the Bed Stuy Garden, Malcolm X Blvd.), OSHA trainings (taught by demand in sequence), and their first annual community “New / Used but not Abused” outdoor Coat drive / clothes giveaway in 2021. 


Fun in the Park rises against adversity by spending tireless hours serving and empowering individuals of the Bedford Stuyvesant community. They enjoy the excitement they receive from all the individuals that win trophies at the basketball tournaments to the smiles of others who indulge in the Thanksgiving Feasts. They uphold the beliefs of unity, opportunity and prosperity, believing that no one in the community is left behind. By having faith, the Bed Stuy community will rise together with the assistance of” Fun in the Park” because; We are one! 


Fun in the Park mission is dedicated to the late Harry Sprinkle (coach HarryO) because the baton was picked-up from his basketball legacy and living conditions here in Bed-Stuy!


Special thanks to the “Fun in the Park” team for making the group a success!

OSHA Training Instructors

CEO Julius, John

New / Used but not Abused Coat Drive / clothes giveaway

Chad, Frog, JJ, Keenya, Laueral, Monzie, Sephra and Wayne


Jeff T


John (aka Pike)


Chris Huey, Jay, L.A., Manny, Tim (Brownsville representative)

Thanksgiving Feast:

Chef Chantez, Chef Frog, Chef Jason aka JJ, Chef Monzie, Chef Sephra and Senior Chef Ruth


Brian, Spoon, Joanne, Keenya, Ted, and Way

Basketball Tournament Co- Founder


Operations Assistants

Earl, Dwayne aka Spoon, Larry aka Frog

Official Referee


Portrait by

Yusuf Ahmed

Yusuf Ahmed is an Ethiopian-American photographer and a marketing and communications strategist in New York City. Passionate about championing human rights, Yusuf is interested in visually documenting stories of black and queer people globally with an interest in issues of health inequity, displacement, and migration.

Interview by

Rayan Maad

Rayan Maad is a student at Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene.

Interview by Rayan Maad. Text written and edited by Chantez Bryant.

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