Two teen teams in Wichita are ranking in the big time as this summer draws to a close. The Wichita Boys Basketball Society has won the Reebok World Championship, held July 24-28 in Kansas City, and the Wichita Elite Track Club took 14 of its 23 members to the AAU Junior Olympics, held July 24-Aug. 3 in Greensboro, NC.
Wichita Boys Basketball Society Wins Reebok World Championship in KCMO
In 2018, coaches Micole Gulley and Mick Brooks founded the Wichita Basketball Society, a traveling basketball organization. Their hope was to bring their knowledge of the sport from different organizations together to create a dynamic association that would some of Wichita’s best basketball players together, to see what they could do on a national level.
In just two year, the organization has already succeeded in creating champions.
In July, the organization’s 13-year-old-and-under Elite squad of players competed in and won two tournaments – the Great American Shoot Out for Wichita Hoops, and the Reebok World Championship, in Kansas City, MO. Competitions like the one in KCMO draw anywhere from 30 to 100 teams At the Reebok Championship, the Wichita boys were able to take down a Tennessee team that was ranked 9th in the country.
To fill their roster, Wichita Basketball Society held tryouts in February and in March to select teams. They had so many young ballers in attendance, the organization was able to field six teams: a 13, 14, 15, & 16 and under team, and a second 13 and 15 and under team.
Like many youth sports organizations, they face tournament costs with every trip. The manager for the 13 and under boys, Cortney Holloway reached out to bring awareness that the coaches and families do what they can to make sure every boy has the opportunity to travel.
The team has held raffles and fundraisers throughout the summer to raise money, but tournament entry fees of us up $500, plus hotel, gas, and food, the expenses add up. s cost nearly $500 per child to participate. Sponsorships and donations are always appreciated.
Wichita Elite Track Club Members Place at Nationals
This summer, Team Wichita Elite Track Club was able to take 14 of their 23 team members who qualified to the AAU Junior Olympics in Greensboro, NC. Five of the teams’ runners earned All-American status.
Elijah Mosely, one of the oldest members of the track team was able to take home a 6th place national overall medal. He ran the 400- and 800-meter dash which made him a double All-American.
The team’s 8-year-old-and-under girls, Serenity Harris, Nayelli Carter, Reagan Stewart and Aliya Wilkins, ran the 4×100 relay, and placed 7th in the nation.
Opportunities like this afford the kids – especially high school students – the ability to further their national record. College scouts attend these track meets, so the meet is crucial for obtaining scholarships and for furthering their education.
With the help of the skilled coaching staff, who have knowledge from both the collegiate and Junior Olympic levels, Team Wichita Elite Track Club is able to provide their track stars with immense knowledge of the sport and guidance on how to take their performance to the next level.
Although the team had 23 members qualify for nationals, they were only able to raise enough money for 14 to attend. Obstacles like a lack of funding and sponsorship limit the experience for some of the youth.
Team Wichita Elite Track Club accepts sponsorships anywhere from $5 and beyond, with special name recognition for those donating $100 or more. Donations are also welcomed through CashApp – Run316 is the teams’ profile.