Sports Committee

The Sports Committee coordinates all Mecklenburg County Bar (MCB) sporting opportunities, including basketball and softball leagues and any additional sporting competitions developed. 




2018-19 Chair 2018-19 Vice Chair
Daniel E. Portone



Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021
Justin Carpenter
Ronard C. Dixon
Christopher M. Harden
Meghan L. Abernathy
Simon Massie
Dinh Tran
Shernika N. Smith
Caitlynne E. Zolzer


2018-19 Softball Co-Ed League Representative 2018-19 Softball Lawyers' LeagueRepresentative 2018-19 Basketball League Representatives
Noah G. Allen Daniel E. Portone Ryan T. Smith
Mark S. Jetton


Staff Liaison

Greg Hicks, Director of Digital Outreach & Media-



Volunteer Need / Commitment

Members of the Sports Committee attend committee meetings to discuss and plan established and new sporting opportunities.  Responsibilities include reviewing current MCB sports leagues and evaluating need/desire for new and/or different activities, developing ways to expand the reach of the leagues and garnering more Bar member interest.  Interested in joining this committee? The application for this year's committee volunteers is now available and must be completed by May 31, 2019. Click here to complete the committee interest form.


Committee Documents/Links
Basketball and Softball Leagues

2017-18 Sports Committee Report
Joshua Yablonski, Chair

2017-18 Highlights

  • Successful Basketball League & Co-Ed and Lawyers’ Softball Leagues
  • Continued successful marketing and promotion on for the Lawyers’ Basketball League - including weekly e-mail blasts, team pages and score updates, with additional multi-media content.
  • Updated the Sports Committee Organizational Structure

The Sports Committee was formed in 2012-13 to coordinate a variety of MCB sporting opportunities, including basketball and softball leagues and additional sporting competitions developed. The Sports Committee in this fiscal year focused on the Lawyers’ Basketball League & the two Softball Leagues (Co-Ed & Lawyers) and their preparation.

The Committee engaged participants of the Lawyers’ Basketball League through online team web pages, weekly Basketball Blasts and updated scores and schedules. These pages featured team names, player photos, and contact information to increase social interaction. The Committee worked with support from Basketball Commissioner Ryan T. Smith to add exciting new multi-media content to wrap-up the league and final games. All feedback on the venue and referees were positive for the fifth year at the Dilworth location.

Following the success of previous years, both Basketball and Softball Leagues offered opportunities for MCB members to sign-up as individuals or teams. The individual sign-up process helps increase the diversity of the leagues to include individuals from solo and small firms who may not have access to a full team of players. The Committee also made updates to the Softball Rules & Regulations document, helping to ensure time-efficient games and fairness across the board.