With the 44th season of the Boston Neighborhood Basketball League officially over, the champions of the league’s six divisions were recently honored by Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
At a ceremony over the weekend, Menino congratulated the teams and presented the Founder’s Award to coach Willie Maye and the Sportsmanship Award to the team Let’s Ball Together, according to a release from the city of Boston.
“The greatest thing about the BNBL is the safe, healthy fun it provides for 2,000 boys and girls every year,” Menino said in a statement. “And it teaches kids the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship.”
It is the oldest municipal basketball league in the country. Nearly 2,000 boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18 participate in the Boston Center for Youth and Families program.
“The tip-off of BNBL each summer marks the official kick-off of summer in Boston and BNBL is one of BCYF’s most popular and well-known programs,” Chris Byner, chief of human services/BCYF executive director, said in a statement.
Sponsored Rebook, the eight-week program also includes an educational component, which is sponsored by Suffolk Construction.
BNBL 2013 Champions:
13 & Under Boys - Lee School (BCYF Grove Hall)
Coaches: Marvin Wright & Darryl Tyler
Kyle Butler, Dante Eldridge, Brycen Goodine,
Elijah Hemingway, Javon Jones, Abdul Meslim,
David Mitchell, Andre Reeves, Ajahn Rue,
Korvonne Whitchall, David William, Marcus Wright
15 & Under Boys - The Rebels (BCYF Hyde Park)
Coaches: Eugene Austin & Stephan Miller
Jonathan Casseus, Benjamin Chitolie, Ian Holder,
Lionel James, Dreshaun Johnson, Dimmone Marshall,
Victor Monegro, Deven Palmer, DeShon Teixeira,
18 & Under Boys - Spartans (BCYF Perkins)
Coaches: Joe Chatman & Al Rue
Ernie Chatman, Kris Ervin, Frantz Francois,
Braxton Gulley-Mabry, Ryan Jones, Shawn Miller,
Markus Neale, Freddie Oliveira, Alijah Rue
13 & Under Girls - Boston Showstoppers (BCYF Madison Park)
Coaches: Clinton Lassiter & Al Smith
Katherine Bernardez, Amani Boston, Mariana Crisanto,
Shanya Drayton, Xyianna Hairston, Kiara Ansley-Hinds,
Arienne Howard, Allison Lino, Chase McMillan,
Dericka Smith, Serena Smith, Ariana Vanderhoop
15 & Under Girls - Boston Showstoppers (BCYF Madison Park)
Coaches: Kenneth Grubbs & Clinton Lassiter
Me'Ara Carter, Taneja Drayton, Amaya Finklea,
Gianni Hill, Masseny Kaba, Jaquelah Lassiter,
Sayawni Lassiter, Adia Maund, Ja'Najia Walker-Holliman,
Nala Watson, Zharia Wilcox
18 & Under Girls - Lee School (BCYF Shelburne)
Coaches: Eric Bradshaw & Maurice Long
Amari Bradshaw, Araion Bradshaw, Mercedes Cunningham,
Brianna Hardy, Adia Maund, Alexandra Maund,
Asia Mitchell, Shai-Ann Nance, Ashley Serrette,
Kiara Serrette, Marissa Serrette, Jacqueline Spears