Bobby Jacobs, founder and executive director of the Slam Dunk To The Beach, lays out banners to be hung in the gymnasium at Cape Henlopen in 1999.
News Journal file/CARLA VARISCO
The founder of the now-defunct Slam Dunk
to the Beach high school basketball tournament was arrested Tuesday in Miami and is awaiting extradition to Delaware.
Robert "Bobby" Jacobs, 51, formerly of Milford, is being held at the Miami-Dade County jail, U.S.
In August 2006, a Kent County grand jury indicted Jacobs
on charges of stealing more than $65,000 from Slam Dunk
's bank accounts by forging 12 checks over a nine-month period ending in April 2004.Jacobs
pulled the plug on the event six weeks before that year's tournament with no public explanation.Starting the year before, in July 2003, Jacobs allegedly forged the name of Slam Dunk treasurer Jim Powell on 11 checks worth $56,400, and the name of board member Drexel Ball on a $9,000 check.
It noted that dozens of checks from a handful of Slam Dunk
accounts were written to Jacobs
or to cash "with no supporting documentation."
I grew up in the same neighborhood as Bobby
.As Sam said, he
was a real good athlete and I know all us kids a few years younger than him looked up to him, big time.His
family was fantastic, his
Dad being a major leaguer with the Philadelphia A's.Bob almost made it to the majors as an umpire, getting I think to AA or maybe AAA.He
screwed up.I hope he
can pay back the money quickly and get himself together.Absent the wrongdoing here, if indeed he
did something, he
has a lot to offer.Good luck, Bobby
and prayers to you and your Mom and Dad.Some of us boneheads from Milford still see you as that crazy ass point guard and smalltown hero.Posted by: samm - Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:50 pmI knew Bobby Jacobs
from high school.He
was a great athlete from a good family.When his
younger brother Tommy died, Bobby
took it very hard and it seemed some things started to spiral downward for him.I was shocked to see the mug shot of him (wboc.com).I would not have recognized him if we had met on the street.There has to be a lot more to this sad story, and I am sure it will all come out in the upcoming trial.To the people who feel they must joke and post snide remarks on the forum: remember that except for the grace of God, this could be happening to you or someone in your family.Bobby
must pay for his
crimes, but I hope he
can now get the help he