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NYCHA Spring Sports Season
Comes to a Successful Close

As the spring sports season winds down to a close, the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA’s) Education Through Sports Unit honored its basketball players and coaches with an awards ceremony and sent members of its Lacrosse Program to Yale University to compete against some of Connecticut’s best amateur teams.

NYCHA Basketball Tournament
NYCHA basketball tournament players
hustle for a win.

Players and coaches of NYCHA’s Boys and Girls Basketball Teams celebrated each other’s triumphs at the 2nd Annual NYCHA Basketball Coaches and Players Awards Ceremony, which was held on May 31st. The 2007 NYCHA Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament featured over 100 volunteer coaches who worked diligently throughout the season to ensure that youth had a positive experience both on and off the court.

Basketball coaches were recognized for their commitment to working with and preparing teams for six regular season games, not including the playoffs, (which is based on team qualification), as well as weekly practice sessions for up to two hours each. At the awards ceremony, coaches received certificates and plaques, and shared final words of encouragement with the players.

NYCHA Lacrosse Program
NYCHA's traveling Lacrosse Team played seven challenging games at Yale University.

Also worthy of recognition are the members of NYCHA’s traveling Lacrosse Team, for successfully competing in the 23rd Annual Eli Lacrosse Jamboree at Yale University on June 3rd. The Jamboree, which consists of seven back-to-back games played in one day, featured some of the top Lacrosse teams throughout the East Coast, including community groups from Connecticut, and other amateur lacrosse teams.

This was the third consecutive year that NYCHA has competed in the Eli Lacrosse Jamboree, and, according to Education Through Sports Unit Manager Eric L. Cumberbatch, "This is the most successful our team has fared against such challenging competition." The traveling NYCHA Lacrosse team, which primarily consists of 12 and 13-year-old boys from the Pink Houses Community Center in Brooklyn and Ocean Bay Community Center in Queens, won three and tied in two of the seven games played.

The NYCHA Lacrosse Program is currently in operation at Ocean Bay and Redfern Community Centers in Queens, Pink and Van Dyke Community Centers in Brooklyn, and South Beach Community Center in Staten Island. It is open to all NYCHA residents and Community Center participants, ages 10-17. The spring season will end on June 22nd, but registration for the fall will begin in September 2007. For more information please contact the Education Through Sports Unit at 212-306-3342.

By Tischelle George
June 13, 2007