Charlotte, N.C. - A hometown hero shares her champion spirit which has taken her from an apartment on West Boulevard to an arena on the West Coast. Tonya Phifer announced ownership of a Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League franchise called the Charlotte Invasion back in 2013 and just 2 short years later, she brought home a national championship! Now having just won the Carolinas Region Tournament and being crowned #1 in the region for back to back seasons, she is taking her team back to nationals to defend their title!
Phifer was born and raised on West Blvd and educated in the Charlotte area with scholarships to Charlotte Latin and later UNC-Charlotte - she still holds records at both schools. Phifer has a long list of career achievements, but being able to provide educational outreach to athletes and promote heart healthy lifestyles is the most rewarding.
Charlotte Invasion has established relationships with organizations in the Charlotte area with similar missions and dedication to the community, such as the Omar Carter Charity, American Cancer Society, Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation, and many more. The purpose is to succeed on and off the court. On the court, winning championships is a way to show that with hard work and dedication – anything is possible, but off the court, mobilizing community resource ambassadors and providing children an athletic outlet is the focus of this hometown team.
Charlotte Invasion is looking for Charlotteans to rally with them and help them blaze a championship trail from West Blvd to San Antonio, TX! They want to bring home another championship and they need help to do it! To donate - visit www.gofundme.com/backtoback and show your champion spirit!
For more information on the national tournament, Tonya Phifer or team information, please visit our website at www.charlotteinvasion.com or call our Director of Marketing, Alexis Davis at (919) 480-8053.
The Georgia Soul Women's Basketball Organization is excited to offer a Back to School Clinic for girls in grades 3-12 on July 30th at Evans High School!
The objective of the clinic is to provide young ladies with skills training to female athletes. In addition, at the end of each session we will have the ladies of Georgia Soul and special guest to discuss College Prep, Health and Wellness, and Work Ethics. This is an excellent opportunity for young girls to get hands on experience and interact with some of the best basketball players in the CSRA. The Owner Ernesia Wideman-Wright and several of the players in the organization have had years of Professional basketball experience overseas and on the collegiate levels of Division 1 and 2 basketball where they at least a Bachelors Degree. Come sharpen your skills and hear some great basketball and life stories during our girl talk segment for 9-12th grade girls. So come and join us for a great day of Soul Basketball for only$20
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The clinic will have two sessions. Each session is open to 75 participants. The first session is for girls in grades 3-7 from 9am to 12 noon, and the cost is $20. The second session is for girls in grades 8th-12th from 12:30pm to 4:30pm, and the cost is $20. All participants will receive a Georgia Soul t-shirt. The 8-12th grade girls will also receive pizza, chips and beverage before going into breakout sessions.
For more information on the Georgia Soul, visit www.georgiasoulbasketball.com.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ernesia Wright at (706) 755-8059 or email at email@example.com
If you ask some people, they would tell you dreams do come true. As a matter of fact, we have two people that can tell you theirs came true this season. Just last year (2015) if you would have heard the name Eric Ennis, all you would have thought about was him being an elementary school P.E. teacher, a personal trainer, a strength and conditioning coach (Crusaders), and a loving and devoted husband. By almost the end of the San Antonio Crusaders 2015 season, their was another thing Eric Ennis could add on to that list, an interim head coach.
As interim head coach, not only did he begin his coaching career but he had bigger plans knowing the Crusaders organization would be in a market for a new head coach. He set his goals high and was named the head coach of the San Antonio Crusaders at the end of 2015. The first thing he set out to do was make sure he had the support and the assistance he needed to coach the team. He called in his brother Blake Ennis. Blake is a military veteran (Air Force) and also played basketball overseas. Last year for the Crusaders he did the starting line ups and was the DJ. They have thought about coaching together for years. They actually thought their first coaching job together would be dealing with MMA fighters. Being that this has been both of their dreams for so long they made sure they did everything in their power to have the best season they could possibly have. Together they have put together a great resume in their first year coaching together.
Even before the WBCBL season had started, together they coach the Crusaders to in a pre-season tournament, which they went undefeated and was tournament champions. They also defeated the Lackland Air Force team and the Katy Saints in two pre-season games. They knew that they had a special team from the beginning. They spent countless hours coming up with game plans and other things that would make the Crusaders players better as individuals (on and off the court) and as a team. Right now they have coached the San Antonio Crusaders to an undefeated regular season and is looking forward to help them get crowned National Champions in August. No matter what the result is at the end of the season the Crusaders organization is very grateful and blessed that they was able to have Coach Eric Ennis and Coach Blake Ennis as a part of the organization. They have truly inspired not only the players, but also staff members and people in the communities. A dynamic duo of true leadership and character.
- San Antonio Crusader Staff