HOOPS: Basketball Program
The goal of the St Vasilios HOOPS basketball program is for our participants to meet, participate and propagate sportsmanship and spirituality while holding high the banner of Christianity. The mission is to provide the youth of our church the opportunity to participate in a church activity. Our goal is for our kids to love the experience and want to play again year after year, thereby keeping them involved. We'd like them to learn the following: -- to play basketball, to play as a team, to be a good sport, to learn win and more importantly learn how to lose, to rely on others, the value of preparation and hard work, to compete while maintaining a good Orthodox Christian attitude and behavior
The Hoops Basketball program seeks to provide a sporting environment which reflects the Christian values of our faith. In this league, winning is important, but it is not everything; all children, regardless of ability, "make" the team and play in each game. We strive to coach each player in a manner that nurtures his/her self-image and sense of worth. In this supportive and loving atmosphere, even youngsters with little natural ability make remarkable progress in their skills and self-confidence. An awards banquet is held at the end of the season at which every child and receives a trophy.
- The boys' program is divided into 2 groups (Junior: age 8 through 10 and Intermediate: Age 11 – Grade 9) *.
- The girls group includes all girls age 8** through Grade 9.
*September 1st is the age cutoff date; (example – if the boy turns 10 on 9/2 he is in the Jr Boys Program)
** If the child is younger than 8, they can play if they are able to reach the net with the ball
We welcome members of other Orthodox parishes and friends of our parishioners. We will do our best to place siblings on the same team, but cannot accommodate all requests for friends and other relatives. We strive to promote children making new and lasting friendships with other members of the St. Vasilios Family.
Steve Stephanides, John Kourtelidis, and Steve Kapnis
St Val’s Hoops Co-Directors
Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. - Mark 10:14