2013-05-24 / Sports

JCCRP Youth Basketball A Slam Dunk

Full court press: Coach Brett Tawil and, from smallest to tallest, the boys of the JCCRP Basketball clinic. Full court press: Coach Brett Tawil and, from smallest to tallest, the boys of the JCCRP Basketball clinic. When a passion for basketball meets a dedicated group of Rockaway people, great things happen.

Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCC RP) has been providing non-sectarian services to the community since 1972.

Four years ago the JCCRP Youth Basketball clinics became part of their roster and has blossomed ever since.

Starting as an intimate 20 kid clinic, it has now evolved into a cherished small basketball skills organization.

Said head coach and organizer, Brett Tawil, “I have lived in this community for 40 years and grew up playing organized basketball locally at Saint Francis de Sales.

“My father taught and coached basketball at Lafayette High School in the 70’s and early 80’s where I learned many lessons on how to work with young people from various backgrounds.”

He explained, “This program has thrived in a time where community togetherness and physical movement is in demand with the focal point being basketball.

“This…has kids playing at a variety of levels, some more competitive than others. It’s open to children ages 7-15 and is heavily supervised by my scholar student athletes and fathers who love to watch their kids develop in a wonderful group setting.”

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the importance of such programs in children’s lives has become even more evident.

“I feel obligated to allow the suits and politicians rebuild the physical infrastructure,” notes Tawil, who also coaches at Scholars’ Academy.

“My calling has been to rebuild the human infrastructure through sport and movement!

Tawil is a 20 year public school educator, to which he adds “My passion for teaching basketball keeps me connected to my roots and charges my battery.”

Those interested in more information can contact the program at jccrpbasketball@gmail.com

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