WBCBL Teams Partnering for the Community
Over the weekend, The Conway Bearcats and the Dallas Diesel of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL,) held a FREE Youth Basketball Clinic for boys and girls ages 5-13 at the Faulkner County Boys and Girls Club. The attendance was larger than anticipated. As many as 45+ boys and girls quickly fill the gym with their parents and siblings, eagerly lined up to check-in.
Local professional trainer, TJ Jones of Nothing But Net Skills Academy, was on site to give hands-on demonstrations and instruction to attendees. As an added treat, Conway Bearcats’ and WBCBL veteran Marquita McFarland and International Professional Women’s Basketball Player, Layla Schwarz-McCray of the Dallas Diesel, worked closely with the youth campers to share their expert knowledge of the game of basketball.
“We were pleasantly surprised with the number of kids that came out to participate. At first we are only expecting maybe 20 to 25 kids, but ended up with almost 50! This was a great event and turnout to introduce the Conway Bearcats organization and the opportunities we offer in community sports” - Conway Bearcats Youth Coaches: Derrick McCray and Minister James Franklin-Leavy.
The Dallas Diesel and Conway Bearcats founder, Willie McCray Jr. directed the camp activities and competitions to keep not only the boys and girls active but also to engage and encourage parental participation as well.
"This is awesome! A gym full of kids and parents enjoying themselves and learning new things about themselves and the game of basketball, it’s awesome! I’m glad that we could bring multiple organizations together for a common cause and for it to flow as well as it did. We are definitely looking for to more events like this in the future.” – Willie McCray, (WBCBL founder & president)
More information about the Conway Bearcats can be found at: www.ConwayBearcats.com
On Sunday, Atlanta's newest WBCBL team the Atlanta Monarchs recognized our men and women who served in the military while maintaining their 4-0 winning streak after defeating the Carolina Lady Rush at Northside Youth Organization in Atlanta.
Before the game, I spoke with the team owner & CEO Tamika Milburn, about how she decided to start a women basketball team?
'We been working with kids for about five years who played basketball I wanted to have a team that they could watch and they look up to a team that could actually come out train them, mentor them work them and guide them in the path they want to go.' Milburn said.
The game began with a shaky start, with the Carolina Lady Rush leading the game in 1st and 2nd quarter. By 3rd & 4th quarter the Monarchs dominated the Lady Rush pulling away with a 101-75 victory.
'We feel good! I mean I can't speak for myself but I speak for, on behalf of the team and how we have been playing last few four games. We been up and down it's been a roller coaster. But we stuck together we played hard. I mean every team has been good. We competed in every game and we actually scored 101 points today. That was a goal of ours.' Former Atlanta Dream guard Meighan Simmons (5'9''-G-92, college: Tennessee) said about the team's victory.
The Monarch head coach is legendary Marynell Meadors (agency: Gamble Sports Management ) who is also the former Head coach and general manager for the Atlanta Dream. 'Well, I think we were just not playing really good defense at the very beginning of the game and we were a little bit sluggish for some reason. I don't know why that was, maybe they were a little bit tired but I really thought that we came back in the second half and played really good defense and then we threw a zone defense in and I think it caused the other team to get off balance a little bit.' Meadors said, about how the team changed from their shaky start.
The Monarchs will honor Metro Atlanta's EMT, firefighters, and police officers at the next game against their rivals Georgia Stampede on June 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm EST. Be sure to check out the upcoming spectacular game all while honoring the people who make a difference in our community. You can find out more information and schedule for the Monarch at the below link.
by - YAKIRI THOMAS