Deandre Crouch was nervous. As much as he liked Biddy Basketball, which he’d been playing since he was 8, he preferred hanging back and being part of the team. But his coach was encouraging him to participate in the Three-Point Shootout, one of the skill contests at their championship tournament. “Just give it a try,” Coach said. So Deandre did.
The first shot – and “swish,” it’s in. More tries, more baskets made. The whole gym grew silent as Deandre beat competitor after competitor, sinking shot after shot. He missed the ultimate win by only one point.
Deandre, and the many other youth aged 5-12 who, with their families, participate in Biddy Basketball at East Fayette Boys & Girls Club, are the main reasons we supported this basketball youth development program with two “What if…” mini grants. Our Resident Review Committee in particular liked the amount of parent involvement and leadership opportunities for youth.