SportsEvents Magazine

NOV 2016

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Page 8 of 59 November 2016 9 High Intensity Fire Raging In Maryland A few years back, Kevin and Nikki Dade decided to start a basketball program in the football and soccer hotbed of Charles County, MD to give their son, Amir Dade, an op- portunity to grow on the court, but they quickly found more interest than they anticipated. Team Fire Elite, (TFE) caught fire."We started as a sole proprietorship with one team," said Nikki Dade, Executive Vice President of TFE "And now we are a 501(c)3 with kids ages seven to seventeen, seven teams, and this season we will expand to include kids between the ages of 5-6 as well as 18. We grew a little faster than we were expecting, but it's both exciting and an honor to have been given an opportunity to serve the youth in our commu- nity". Working with the Navy Child and Youth Program, TFE introduced a Military Discount program this fall for children ages 5-18 of active duty military, Department of Defense contractors, reservists and retired military. TFE's pledge is they are "committed to enlightening the lives of aspiring athletes, their families and the warm fabric of our community. We specialize in high intensi- ty basketball instruction (HIBIT), the new effective way of basketball training that prepares you for intense situational game play." The goal is for TFE to provide both young and adolescent boys with charac- ter and social development, juvenile crime deterrent and academic enrichment to abate high school drop outs through the sport of basketball. They enforce an education- al requirement of all student athletes to maintain a 2.5 GPA, and facilitate quarterly service projects to increase social awareness while building a sense of appreciation for the community. USA Basketball Develops Youth Guidelines The National Basketball Association (NBA) and USA Basketball have teamed up to develop the first-ever youth basketball guidelines aimed at improving the way children, parents and coaches experi- ence the game, with a specific emphasis on promoting player health and wellness. The Health and Wellness working group drafted a scien- tific paper that makes eight key recommendations for promoting a positive and healthy youth basketball ► t SPORTS Talk

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