Technically, basketball season is right around the corner. But Grit & Grind proved it’s always basketball season, with a tremendous summer program held at Hoboken’s Church Square Park.
Turnout was amazing, as 250 Hoboken youth were registered and given a jersey for group divisions Ages 8-10, 11-14, and 15-18. Run by Grit & Grind Basketball Foundation, the league was carried out via the City of Hoboken Department of Recreation.
“Our ages 8-10 and 11-14 were given game nights and volunteer coaches and we formed teams and played organized games with coaches stopping it to instruct and teach the games,” said Andrew Impastato, of Grit & Grind. “Our High School division was given eight team captains and they were individually responsible for creating their rosters and forming team cultures and getting guys to show up and consistently play hard.”
In addition, Grit & Grind gave players access to some of the premier talent in the sport.
“We had one night where NBA shooting coach Dave Hopla cane and did his shooting lecture to all the kids,” said Impastato. “We had a New York Knicks Scout speak on a zoom call to our captains regarding what characteristics in players are important for building a team culture conducive to a winning environment.”
The final night of action saw Team Sean Smith winning the HS division, with community members and Hoboken Police Department personnel in attendance—including acting Chief Daniel LoBue.
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