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Posted on: September 19, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Parks and Recreation Launches Youth Development Program

Alpha Elite Basketball

Youth Coaching and Mentoring through athletics and academics offered in three resource centers.

The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce the launch of a new youth development program at the city's downtown area resource centers called Alpha Elite Athletics and Academics. 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 cheer leading 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 to be 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 mentorship 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  

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