Dedham Youth Basketball Wraps-up Season
Sponsored by the folks at the Needham Savings Bank, Dedham Youth Basketball is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization, whose goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable recreational activity for the children of our town.
Each year, dozens upon dozens of local boys and girls, take to the basketball courts of the Dedham Middle School and Dedham High School the first week of December.
Each Saturday morning, for 12 weeks, all participants are encouraged to have fun, and develop fundamental skills in the game of basketball.
Under the direction of co-presidents, John Maida and Jim Alger, with the help of Mike Tavares and Joe Borsellino, the children are divided in to age/grade appropriate divisions.
Regardless of past experience and ability, Dedham Youth Basketball makes every effort to place these boys and girls evenly, on teams that “compete” against one another each week.
Thanks to the tireless help of local Dads (and Moms) that volunteer their time and knowledge of the game, we have seen many of our local children develop both on and off the court.
This Town Basketball Program, also uses many of our local High School players, to act as referees and assistant coaches, and builds teamwork and confidence in our children, along with an increased understanding of the game.
This past season, we had the opportunity to follow the girls G-6 division, and saw Coaches Charlie Kelly, Greg Dignan, Tom Salemy, and Lindesy Barich work each Saturday morning with about 30 local 10/11 year olds.
Their patience and dedication is to be commended. Although there are no official “standings”, don't ever be fooled in to believing that these basketball players don't keep track of their wins and losses.
At the end of their 3-month season, the girls from Coach Charlie Kelly's Orange Crush team, ran to the floor to congratulate one another. They had just won all twelve of their games against their peers, classmates, and friends! Coach Kelly was very pleased with their efforts and is proud to have been a part of this wonderful program.