15U "Storming the Castle" Challenge - June 25-26
Castle Athletes Succeed on the Court and in the Classroom
May 25, 2016
Over the past three months, the Castle boys and girls teams have been taking to the court and tackling the books. With over 200 student athletes in the program this year, spread over five girls and nine boys teams, the Castle mandate of education first is catching on. Our student athletes have been attending academic enrichment sessions before every practice. From homework assistance to debates about topics important to our youth, our student athletes have been engaged and getting vital assistance with their school workloads. Howie Harrison, Castle Education Director, noted that “each session, there is something positive happening. Whether the aid is direct or indirect, our students come away from with something that assists them or that provides a different perspective.”
On the court, the Castle teams have been racking up wins and championships at tournaments throughout the United States. The national level teams have been traveling to Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and beyond. Upcoming tournaments will take these teams to North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Our younger teams have played on a more local level as they get comfortable with the rigor of tournaments and the resultant commitment, but they too will hit the road soon for national tourneys. Congratulations to them all!
Castle Boys Run the Gauntlet
February 14, 2016
Castle has accepted the invitation to have its high-school aged boys teams join the 2016 Adidas Gauntlet Series. For several years, the Castle boys have been knocking off some of the top national teams and the invitation is a validation of the superb work of the Castle coaches and the play of Castle's student athletes.
The teams will play in the Uprising Gauntlet Series 1 and 2 in Dallas and Atlanta, respectively, during the April "live" periods. Depending upon their finish during such weekend play, the teams will move on to the Uprising Gauntlet Finale in Spartanburg, SC in early July. And, like last year, the teams will play in the Uprising Summer National Championships in Las Vegas in late July.
Brian Rosen, President of Castle Athletics and coach of this year's 16U team, said that the program has been discussing joining one of the series for several years. "Last year, we showed that we belonged in that group. All of our teams played so well in Las Vegas and our 15U team went deep in the tournament. This is a great opportunity for our student athletes and we appreciate the invitation and the faith that Adidas has shown in the Castle Knights."
Tryouts for the high school teams will be held during the first two weeks in March, following the conclusion of playoffs. For information on the tryout schedule, continue to watch the website for details.
Tutoring Finishes the Winter Season
February 13, 2016
The Castle tutoring program finished off the winter season today with five teams practicing and taking advantage of the academic enrichment sessions. Over the past few months, our teams have received help with homework assignments and special projects, were assisted with reading and math problems and enjoyed opportunities to play with the arts.
Education Director Howie Harrison said that the student athletes enjoy the program and that they feel part of a family. "They understand that Castle cares and that they are not just part of a basketball team. We are in this together and the educational component of Castle is the most important aspect of what we do and where we hope to show the most improvement in our student athletes."
Castle will begin its Spring/Summer program starting next week with tryouts for its elite middle school teams. For tryout information, CLICK HERE. For information regarding the teams and their upcoming seasons, click on the respective team under the "Team" tag above.