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Baskets of Fun at the Nanakuli Clubhouse

The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii’s Nanakuli Clubhouse has made a splash in athletics with some of its youngest members!

Nanakuli developed a team with thirteen young Club members who only wanted to play and learn the sport of basketball. They were entered into a bracket for 7-9 year olds for a two month season. The season consists of practice three times a week, and five games that lead up to a tournament. The team was led by a dedicated volunteer coach, Pedro Santana. During their practices, Pedro worked with each player to develop skills such as dribbling, passing, stealing, shooting, and most importantly, teamwork. All Santana asked of his team was that they had fun no matter what the outcome of each game happened to be, and that they were giving 100 percent whether it was in attitude or effort. The youth worked hard, showing up for every practice and game which ultimately paid off. The work put in by the youth and their coach produced an undefeated season, with them winning all five games going into the final tournament.

Not only were the youth rewarded with a winning season, but they were also surrounded by caring adults who were sure to embody a safe, positive, and fun place throughout the process. Nanakuli’s team and coach represent what sports and athletics can do for our youth when taught and played in a supportive environment. The lessons these youth have been instilled with this season are lessons that go far beyond the basketball court, which is in no small part due to the leadership provided by the adult staff. Congratulations Nanakuli Clubhouse on your big win, amazing season, and wonderful sportsmanship!