Iroquois cagers give back to community
Giving back was something that the Iroquois boys basketball team did well this past season. Starting on Dec. 3 and running almost every Saturday until Feb. 18, the boys junior varsity and varsity players worked with 32 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade boys in their annual Super Chiefs youth basketball league.
The youth players would meet from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Saturdays, which included practice time to work on skills and a four-quarter game. The youth league also participated in a seven-minute exhibition game during the halftime of the boys JV and varsity games. In all, the high school players saw the youth league athletes 15 times during the season, and I saw immense growth in the youth players’ skills and aggressive play. It also helped the JV and varsity players by having them teach the skills to the younger players and coach on the sidelines. The players got to see and feel what it is like to coach someone. I would say the best part of the league is seeing the younger kids look up to the older players and the friendships that come from it.
The parents of the youth players had many positives to say about the program, such as “They are so supportive and devote so much time to my son.” These comments have me excited about not only next year’s program, but also the future of Iroquois boys basketball. This is our feeder program that allows the kids to get to know us as coaches and the expectations of playing for the program. If they continue to work on their skills and play in the league, they could transition into the modified team at the seventh- and eighth-grade level already knowing what to expect.
Thanks go out to all the parents who brought their boys in very early on Saturdays and to the youth players for all their hard work, the Iroquois JV and varsity players who coached and ran the practices, the Iroquois Athletic Department and administration for supporting another season of the league, and assistant coaches James Whalen and Eric Weber.
Iroquois varsity boys basketball team