Spring Creek Teen Central (TC) is known for its amazing activities that stimulate both the mind and body, from their innovative TC Vision Media program teaching students to embrace their creativity to its physical fitness regiments for basketball. Teens ages 11 to 18 flock to their office in lower level of the Brooklyn Sports Club (BSC) and spend their after school hours working on homework, producing projects in the digital media lab, crafting intricate art designs, and playing an array of games.
Every year the staff works on introducing new activities for the teens, and this year they decided to host their first ever skills tournament in the BSC’s gymnasium. Throughout the school year, TC holds basketball clinics where they teach members proper techniques in dribbling, strategy work, team building, and other skills necessary to play competitive sports. A few times a year, TC hosts various basketball tournaments; however, for the first time this year they held a three-point shootout and skills challenge on April 24th and 25th.
“We decided to hold this event to give a different dynamic to what we usually do, which is tournaments. We train the kids during the school year, so this is like their final exam to show us where they are at with their basketball skills,” said Roger Beckford, TC Program Coordinator. The competition was split into two days to narrow down participants by skill level. The first day was filled with 25 teens battling it out on the court, where they ran through a rigorous obstacle course (which was timed) and then worked on both their three-point shots and layups (a term that describes a shot taken close to the hoop while the player is running towards the basket). At the end of the event, the top six players were chosen to compete the next day.
The second day of qualifications was divided into the semi-finals and championship round. The semi-finals narrowed the competition to four players, and from that group the championship was awarded to the top two teens. Each champion received a 4ft tall trophy; the award for 3-point Champion went to Tavelle Hawkins and the other top award went to Danny Ellis for best in the Skills Challenge.
“I think hosting competitions like this helps to encourage the teens’ competitive spirit and award their work ethic. It’s something that steps out of the box of traditional basketball games and focuses on helping the teens focus on their skills,” said Johnny Rosario, Recreational Specialist.
Spring Creek Teen Central will continue to host different basket-ball competitions in hopes of teaching members the importance of staying active, working together, and participating in a structured sport. With every game or practice regiment, the teens learn to use cunning, focus, and teamwork to beat their competitors.
Photos courtesy of Spring Creek Afterschool Media Club