There’s a storm brewing in Loudoun. One of the newest American Basketball Association franchises was formally welcomed to Leesburg today.
The Virginia Storm will begin play in November, with home games at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville.
Owned by Norman and Mardesky Blowe, the team is headquarted at the Mason Enterprise Center in Leesburg. Mayor Dave Butler was on hand Friday afternoon to lead a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony welcoming them to town.
The Blowes have operated the Winchester Storm, a semi-pro team, for the past six years and hope to build on that experience as they move into the pro ranks—and into the attractive Loudoun market.
Tryouts are being held for the team, which is expected to include at least of couple of local players. Tryouts for the Stormettes professional dance team are scheduled for Aug. 20. Ticket sales for the 18-20 game season will begin Aug. 22. The team anticipates a home opener against Fayetteville (NC) Flight on Nov. 5.
Norman Blowe said the Storm will bring high level basketball to the county and also offer affordable family entertainment. He said games typically include light shows, DJs and kids’ activities. The company also operates a Junior Storm program, which trains boys and girls ages 7 through 15 in basketball while also teaching life skills.
Mardesky Blowe said the team will work closely with area charities, featuring them at home games.
The Blowes are getting strong support from one NBA veteran. Harvey Grant, who played forward with the Washington Bullets and Wizards during a 12-yer professional career, has already signed on as sponsor of the team. “This is a first-class act,” he said Friday.