Free Girl’s Basketball Clinic at Chinatown YMCA

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Laura Siegel, a Development Director at the Greenwich Village Youth Council, has written to invite all interested girls, ages 9 through eighth grade, to participate in their FREE Girls' Basketball Skills Clinic on Friday, Jan. 8th at 6pm. The clinic will be conducted by the Columbia Women's Basketball Team at the Chinatown WMCA (Bowery, just south of Houston Street).

The Columbia Women's Basketball team is graciously conducting a FREE basketball skills clinic on January 8 for the Greenwich Village Girls' Basketball League and all interested girls ages 9 through eighth grade (due to NCAA rules, high school students are not eligible.)

Come have fun, build basketball skills, and learn more about the Girls' Basketball League. Columbia Women's Coach Paul Nixon, his assistant coaches and members of the team will be teaching this clinic.

Sixteen years ago, when local parent Harry Malakoff couldn't find a basketball league for his then ten-year-old daughter, he and Greenwich Village Youth Council Executive Director John Pettinato founded the Girls' Basketball League.  Today, they still run this unique league which combines volunteer coaching, mentorship opportunities, and strong community and parental support with a well-run basketball league for 9-15 year old girls. The League emphasizes fun, teamwork, and a chance for everyone to play. Winning is NOT the most important goal.

For the first time this year, all eight teams in the league are coached by women.  "It's a very dedicated bunch of coaches who want to be good role models," says former GBL player and now coach Samantha Fried of the league.  "By the end of the season, the girls improve and gain confidence. It's about teambuilding.  It shows girls you can play basketball as much as the boys can."

For more information on the clinic or the league, please contact GBL Commissioner Harry Malakoff at (212) 255-6948 or email: girlsbball@gvyc.net, or check out://greenwichvillageyouthcouncil.net/gbasketball.htm