---- — The inaugural season of the Coop Hoop girls seventh-grade AAU basketball team is underway thanks to the generous support of many local organizations and individuals.
The 2013 Coop Hoop team was launched by volunteer families to support local interest in competitive basketball for middle school age girls from Cooperstown and surrounding communities. This year’s team includes 11 female athletes who will compete in the seventh-grade division of AAU sanctioned basketball tournaments throughout the state this spring and summer.
According to a media release, the objectives of developing the Coop Hoop AAU team are to provide local female athletes with the opportunity to compete in higher level basketball tournaments that challenge players to use their knowledge of the game, expand their teamwork, develop leadership skills, experience competitive play, build character and self-esteem and have fun on the court. Every player on the 2013 team has developed through The Clark Sports Center youth basketball program and the Cooperstown Central School basketball program, two programs that promote fundamental skills, teamwork, work-ethic and enthusiasm for the game of basketball.
This season, the girls will compete in at least six more AAU tournaments around the state. They will play in Saratoga this weekend.
Major contributors to the 2013 Coop Hoop season include The Bank of Cooperstown, NYCM Insurance, Jane Forbes Clark and Otsego Northern Catskill Board of Cooperative Educational Services, who aided in the funding of uniforms, warm-up jackets or gym time for practices. Additional contributors who supported funding for tournament registrations include Royal Chrysler and Reiss Moving & Storage, Inc., along with Holohan CPA, Pat & Bertine McKenna, Jumpin’ Jacks Drive-In, Carusso Orthodontics, Mt. Otsego Ski Shop, Dykstra Construction, Cooperstown Chiropractic, J&J Liquors, Fly Creek General Store, Price Chopper, as well as each family of the Coop Hoop 2013 players.
The Amateur Athletic Union is one of the largest, nonprofit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. The AAU is divided into 56 distinct districts. These districts annually sanction more than 34 sports programs, 250 national championships and more than 30,000 age division events.