The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has a lot to offer its residents in terms of programs and education. In January, NYCHA will kick of its 2013 season of the Citywide Boys & Girls Basketball League. The Through Sports Program run by NYCHA is sponsored by ENYCE and allows over 3,000 young athletes to compete in the league every year.
The best part is that NYCHA residents can register for free, and the basketball program is open to all residents and Community Center participants that are under 18 years of age. Teams wishing to join the league need twelve members total, up to three of which can be non-NYCHA residents. Participants should also be familiar with all rules for participation in the Through Sports Program.
The league is also looking for experienced coaches to participate. Any qualified adult that is a resident, staff member, or otherwise can apply to participate in the program. Registration rosters are available on the NYCHA website and should be submitted to Housing Managers as soon as they are complete.
And basketball isn’t the only sport available for children and teens to get involved in. NYCHA also offers a variety of other sports, including bowling, flag football, karate, tai chi, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and track & field. And for those that aren’t familiar with the rules of the sport they’re interested in, NYCHA hosts “Education Through Sports Day,” which introduces youth and staff to a variety of sports. Through participation in these programs, participants can learn valuable things like teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership skills.