Earlier this month, the Mount Clemens City Commission approved officially naming the basketball courts at a community center the Ved Green Memorial Basketball Courts. Green was the Mount Clemens High School girls basketball coach.

Earlier this month, the Mount Clemens City Commission approved officially naming the basketball courts at a community center the Ved Green Memorial Basketball Courts. Green was the Mount Clemens High School girls basketball coach.

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Mount Clemens basketball courts named after late coach

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published October 26, 2021

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Basketball courts in the city officially have a new name.

Earlier this month, the Mount Clemens City Commission approved officially naming the basketball courts at a community center the Ved Green Memorial Basketball Courts.

The late Green was the Mount Clemens High School girls basketball coach.

City Manager Don Johnson said the basketball courts at the Cairn Community Center have been unofficially called the Ved Green Memorial Basketball Courts since they were refurbished.

“That occurred when the park and the building were under school district control. Since this facility is now under city control, we would like to honor the late coach and make the name official,” he said.

The city began operating the center in August.

“A big part of the city taking over the center was showing the community that the center is the heart of that community, and Ved Green is a perfect example of that,” Mount Clemens Mayor Laura Kropp said.

The two outdoor courts are located near the center, at 58 Orchard St.

“He still holds athletic school records and is in the Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame,” Kropp said. “During the meeting, we heard from a former Mount Clemens resident who said that Ved took her in as a teenager and really helped guide her. She had so many positive things to say.”

A resolution states that Green was a talented basketball player and beloved coach in the community.

“His dedication to youth was demonstrated through his role of coach for the Mount Clemens girls basketball team from 1990 until his death in 2001,” it reads. “Ved was a celebrated leader who took the team to seven district championships, one regional title and five Macomb Area 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 kids of Mount Clemens makes the court naming so meaningful.

“He died in front of the students, and it’s sad to say that it was 20 years ago on homecoming,” Green said. “He and I were together that day, and he had to leave to chaperone the high school dance. As I was going down Gratiot, he was coming out the back of the school. We waved at each other, not knowing that was the last time I would wave to my brother alive.”

Green commented that what made his brother really want to help kids was that when Ved Green was in high school, he was one credit short of graduating.

“He said he would never let that happen to one 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 get his diploma.”

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 the fundamentals of basketball.

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