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YouTurn’s Basketball Team Takes The Championship
It wasn’t the NBA, but the intensity of the final play-off game for the Summer Village Basketball Alliance mirrored that of any professional basketball game! On Monday, August 7th, YouTurn’s (YT) adult basketball team won the Village Basketball Association (VBA), Session 18, Championship game. To accomplish this feat, the YT players had to meet and defeat a strong rival – Team Delegation.
Tip-Off was 6:10 pm at the Hope Center on 2200 North 20th Street, and by the end of the first half, YT’s team was down by nearly 20 points. YT turned it around, however, in the second half and came back to win the game with a final score of 66 – 55; a score which is in no way an indication of just how competitive the game was. Raw talent and skill, along with a healthy dose of finesse, contributed to YT’s win. Congratulations to YT players Warren Copeland, TreVon Montgomery, Aireon Porter, Artrell Evans, Mancell Moses, Rayvell Marshall, Laron Chatmon, Montell White, and Davionne Collier, who worked hard to get to this point since the VBA Session 18 began in mid-May 2017..
The VBA Adult Basketball League is made up of 8 teams representing community-based organizations. The YT Basketball program is coached by George Devers, who has been coaching some of these same young men and others on teams since the VBA started in 2011. Devers, an All-Conference and All-State basketball player for Nebraska, now works in Outreach with YT to help youth 12 to 24 years of age find healthy alternatives to at-risk behaviors, violence and incarceration.
The VBA Session 18 was special for YouTurn players because they were “gifted” with official YT uniforms. Uniform Donors included Veronica Powell with Farmers Insurance; Braman Mortuary & Cremation Services; Cecelia Creighton, YT Executive Director; and Roberta Wilhelm, YT Board Member and Executive Director with Girls Inc.
Kudos to the Session 18 YT Adult Basketball Team for a job well done!
Note: If you have young men that you would like to get involved with YouTurn and the YT VBA basketball program, contact Coach Devers @ George@youturnomaha.org.