Alpha Elite Youth Development Program

The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department is the proud host of Alpha Elite Athletics and Academics, our youth development program at the city's downtown area resource centers.

This coaching and mentoring program for ages 7 and up will prepare champion athletes and scholars through skills preparation and competitions representing a variety of interests including basketball, spelling bees, and knowledge bowls as the program begins this fall and winter. Eventual program offerings may also include track and field, volleyball, and cheerleading based on interest level and participation. 

The program will be based at Fricker Resource Center, 900 North F Street, with activities and training also taking place at E.S. Cobb and Woodland Heights Resource Centers.

Programs offered for the fall season include basketball boot camps at each center starting in October and a youth recreational basketball program scheduled to begin the Monday after Thanksgiving.

“The Alpha Elite program has been designed to leverage existing community resources while introducing new concepts and ideas regarding mentoring and youth development. Sports, social recreational activities, career shadowing, and exposure to higher education are the pillars of this one of a kind program,” said Michael Mims, Recreation Supervisor at Fricker Resource Center.

The Alpha Elite program is looking for sponsors to help cover costs of participants’ jerseys, coaches’ shirts, refreshments, and other program giveaways. They are also in need of volunteers for coaching and mentors.

For more information, please contact Michael Mims at the Fricker Resource Center at 850-436-5195 or email him at  

Alpha Elite Basketball

The Play Pensacola Alpha Elite Youth Development Program would like to give a special thank you to its proud 2021 sponsor Simply Healthcare!  As a presenting sponsor, Simply Healthcare helps us deliver an enriching program to Pensacola families year after year through their generosity and pursuit to empower and educate youth in health, wellness and physical education.  


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Come join in the fun with our annual Recreational Basketball League! This youth recreational league will focus on fun and teach your child about sportsmanship, and teamwork in addition to their fundamental age-appropriate basketball skills.

10U $35

* Team Entry $300, Multiple team discount available. 

Classifications based on player's age on September 1, 2020. 

Teams will be formed at Fricker, Cobb and Woodland Heights Centers. Games will be played at Fricker and Cobb Resource Centers.

Registration open October 12 - December 31, 2020. 

For more details and to register, call 850-436-5195.

Download and print the alpha elite basketball program flyer (PDF)

For more information about the Alpha Elite Sports Program please call 850-436-5195.

Basketball Camps

We have fundamental workshops to get your child ready for the courts this fall! You can register in person at the following location: 

Basketball Bootcamp at Woodland Heights Resource Center

Address: 111 Berkley Drive

Call: 435-1750 or email

Camp Dates: Every Tuesday and Thursday through mid-November 

Schedule: 10U,  3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (Session 1) and 12 U, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Session 2)

Ages: 5 - 14 

Cost: Free

*Basketball Bootcamp has ended for the Winter 2020-2021 season. Be sure to check back for announcements for 2021-2022!

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