Wolf Day at Monroe County Recreation Department on Saturday, July 17 will be a day to celebrate basketball and to encourage youth to learn the basic skills of the game and foster their desire to play on a team and excel. The Monroe County Wolves is a new Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team that formed in March, at the end of the Recreation Department basketball season, to provide an opportunity for players to continue playing an extended season against more intense competition.
Initially the Wolves are a 6th grade team, but it hopes to expand to 7th, 8th and possibly 9th grade teams. It is coached by Jason Caitlin and Akeem Francis. Although the team just formed in March, Kylah Caslin said the team has already won one championship and been runner-up in another tournament.
Wolf Day is a fundraiser for the team but also a day to create awareness of basketball and support in the community. The first half of the day (9 a.m.-1 p.m) will be basketball clinics for age groups from 9-16, both boys and girls. The fees for the clinic are $20 early registration and $25. There will be several featured speakers, including Gerald Fitch, who played for the Miami Heat; Keke Calloway, who is currently playing for an international team; Pepe Zellner, a member of Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame; and NFL player Mario Harvey, who helped begin Monroe County’s AAU football team.
From 3-7 p.m. on Wolf Day there will be adult focused basketball activities and competitions, with a 3-on-3 tournament, 3-point shootout and Mary Persons alumni game. Entry to the afternoon session is $5.
Kylah said the Wolves are eager to provide more opportunities for youth interested in basketball. She said basketball provides great lessons in learning to work as a team as well as other positive life lessons.
“We want to get the word to the kids that if you work hard, it pays off,” she said.