A record 55 young girls learned and improved their basketball skills during the Allentown Department of Parks & Recreation’s fall Queen of the Court basketball program. Queen of the Court is a free seven-week basketball fundamentals program offered to girls in fifth through eighth grade that attend school in Allentown.
Held at South Mountain Middle School, Queen of the Court is a relaxed practice setting and takes place in a fun and friendly environment.
Coach Brittni Kholi and some of her fellow teammates and friends (Andrew Atiyeh, Nicole Calabrese, Christina Nelson, Deanna Mulick, Jared Howard, and Jessie Mauser) teach life skills, confidence, and teamwork and empower the girls through the game of basketball.
The Fall Queen of the Court program featured five guest speaking role models including Coach Dawud Abdul-Rahkman (Head Men’s Basketball Coach - Northwest College), Obie Roundtree (Owner - Full-Circle Training), Jason Vermeulen (Professional Speaker, Boys Basketball Coach – LCYA), Jason Schafer (Manager of IT Operations – City of Allentown), and Jose Medina (Head Girls Basketball Coach – Bethlehem Catholic High School). These speakers covered everything from bully prevention and building character to making important life choices, believing in yourself, finding solutions instead of excuses, and reaching for the stars and not letting anyone talk you out of your dreams.
The department thanks BK’s Helping Hands, the Allentown School District, The Crust Pizzeria & Restaurant and the Friends of the Allentown Parks for their generous donations to the success of the program.
The 2019 spring program will run the entire month of April on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30pm-8:00pm at South Mountain Middle School gymnasium.
For more information and to be added to the e-mail list with updates on the program, please contact Chris Hendricks at the City of Allentown Department of Parks & Recreation at 610-437-7750, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at www.facebook.com/AllentownParkandRec.