That’s why they are planning to launch 5 Boros Basketball this fall. The non-profit organization was founded on the premise that New York City youth deserve more opportunities to enjoy sports, despite their financial situations.
“Everything we are doing with 5 Boros Basketball is for the betterment of all of our participants,” said Atson. “Why should kids suffer if their parents are not in the position to pay for them to join a league? This league will give underprivileged youth a chance to travel and play against other youth teams locally and from all over the country.
“We teach sportsmanship and fair play, and we hope to have our youth grow to obtain leadership skills and strive to be lifetime pupils in the classroom, as well as on the court. We also want our kids to have volunteer opportunities through 5 Boros, including at hospitals and nursing homes.”
The year-round league is scheduled to start in September. Girls and boys teams will be formed in the following divisions: 9 and under, 11U, 13U, 15U and 17U. Adult teams may also be formed.
In addition to seeking sponsors to generate needed funds, 5 Boros Basketball is hosting a tournament that will begin July 10 and continue on weekends through August. A total of 22 teams have already registered for the tournament, which will be held at Hoffman Park in Queens. Boys and girls teams will consist of players ages 9 to 17.
Each tournament team will play eight league games and will qualify for the playoffs, which will continue into September. Championship games will be held at Christ the King High School. The entry fee is $300 per team, which includes t-shirts, insurance and first-place trophies. Teams are responsible for referee fees.
Atson, a National Lions Club member, is very active in the community. He has sponsored numerous underprivileged youth through the years and is a volunteer for a number of initiatives designed to keep kids off the street and involved with sports and other activities.
Herring is a parent to a youth basketball player and a former player from the streets of Brooklyn. He attended Christ the King High School in Middle Village, playing basketball and other sports, and is now a coach there. Herring is a certified referee for youth and men’s basketball.
Those interested in learning more about 5 Boros Basketball may visit http://5borosbasketball.com.