Children’s Aid Panthers Win Rawl Cup!

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The Children’s Aid Society Panthers, a girls basketball team based at the Frederick Douglass Center in Harlem, emerged victorious at the 2010 Rawl Cup. The Panthers defeated a Texas all-star team for the championship in the 14 and under division.

Coach Hammer Stevens and nine student athletes traveled to Austin, Texas for the international tournament, held March 31 – April 3, 2010. In addition to 200 youth teams from across the United States, teams from Mexico, Japan, Chile, Norway, Israel and China competed in this exciting basketball competition. The tournament is named for Vince Rawl, who organized the event in Austin for boys and girls youth basketball teams.

The athletes had more than just slam dunks on their minds - the 2010 Rawl Cup tournament also included the Green Ball Project, an initiative aimed at educating youth about environmental issues. The organizers used sports as a means of communicating to the players – and their home cities and countries – the importance of a greater usage and development of alternative energy, energy conservation and recycling.

The Panthers have been victorious at other tournaments on the road, including such prestigious competitions as the AAU Tournament of Champions in Virginia in 2007, East Orange Turkey Shoot, PAL (Police Athletic League) in 2009, Hoop Group Christmas Challenge, also in 2009, the MJ Sharp Shooters and the Martin L. King Challenge in Houston, TX in January 2010.