Colusa County hoopsters will have the opportunity to play ball this summer with Colusa County Elite Basketball, a new Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) travel club in the county.
It is the first year for the club, which currently has a team for 4th grade boys, 7th grade boys, and JV boys. The ultimate goal is for there to be both boys’ and girls’ teams from 3rd grade up to the varsity level.
“It’s open to pretty much all the kids we can get to,” the club’s co-director and coach Alex Silva said. “It’s has just been word of mouth until now. We just started a Facebook page (last week), and now we’ve got a lot more people wanting to play. It’s hard, because we only have enough jerseys for three teams.”
The club is in need of sponsors. as it isn’t cheap to run such a program, Silva said.
Sponsors are being asked to cover the cost for a kid to participate, which amounts to $150. Those sponsorship fees go toward covering the cost of uniforms and tournament fees, and are tax deductible.
“We’re always looking for sponsors. One kid wanted to quit because he couldn’t find a sponsor, and I told him that we could cover it with the money we do have right now,” Silva said. “Hopefully, by the end of the summer he can find one.”
Beyond enabling kids to become better basketball players, the money will also go toward making local youth better citizens, Silva said.
“Our club’s plan is to provide new opportunities to the young basketball players in our area. We will travel and work hard to build not only champions on the court, but instill values in our players to build champions for life,” Silva said. “Colusa County Basketball Club has a simple philosophy of building up the next generation of kids to become adults that positively impact the world around them.”
Many youth players are already familiar with Silva, who coached many of them in Recreation League and has spent the last seven years bringing a group of up to 15 Colusa County basketball players to Chico to play with the Chico Tarheels Basketball Family. That AAU club is the largest in Butte County and the longest running club in the entire Northern Section CIF.
Among the players that have benefited from playing with the Chico Tarheels is Colusa High basketball standout Max Moreno. Silva is hoping that the Colusa County AAU team will breed some of the same success, but a little closer to home.
“Taking them up there has honestly brought a lot of success for Colusa… This is something I’ve always wanted to do here, and I hope that we have more teams next year,” Silva said.
The club holds practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 PM at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Colusa.
To donate, contact Alex Silva at (530) 923-0303 or JayAnne Saso at (530) 330-1775.
Club completes first
The Colusa County Elite Basketball Club traveled to Hardwood Palace in Rocklin last weekend to compete in the basketball complex’s Summer Hoop Series, where they will continue to compete throughout the summer.
“Everybody plays in Hardwood Palace, it’s a big, big building that has eight courts in it. They’re playing from 8:00 AM to probably as late as 8:00 PM in the last game,” Silva said.
The 4th grade boys team went 0-3 on the day, the 7th grade team went 2-1, and the JV team went 0-3.
The club is scheduled to travel back to Rocklin for tournaments on the weekends of July 16/17, July 30/31, August 6/7, and August 13/14.