Kappa League continues legacy, honors fallen founders

SALISBURY, Md- For over three decades, the Kappa Guide Right League has served as a free summer basketball league for youth in Wicomico County.

Hosted at Billy Gene Jackson Park– by the brothers of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the league has served thousands of kids in Salisbury and the surrounding areas.

After the deaths of two of its founding fathers in 2020 and 2021, the Kappa League has found a way to keep the tradition alive, while honoring the two men– Bruce Wharton and Tom VanLandingham.

“We know our brothers wouldn’t want us to stop,” said Kelly McNeil. “It’s a blessing to be able to honor their legacy and keep this thing going.”

Organizer Mike Beale said, “The community came together and gave us a lot of help, most of the coaches we have (now) were players when Tom and Bruce were here.”

Despite losing two of the most known faces in the community and league, the organizers say they hope to continue the tradition in honor of their brothers.

MVP trophies for both ages groups now bear the names of Wharton and VanLandingham. McNeil says the two would be proud, “we hope to keep this thing going another 30 years.”

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