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Louisa Pride returns for second season

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:48 am

Louisa Pride AAU basketball league President Tony Banks, left, and Vice President Rico Smith teach basketball and life skills.

The Louisa Pride AAU basketball league is gearing up for its second season with tryouts beginning next month.

The local basketball program—spearheaded by Tony Banks, president, and Rico Smith, vice president—started last year as a way to improve  players’ skills both on and off the court.

Banks said the league was formed to provide kids with constructive opportunities, help them improve their basketball skills, and more importantly, teaching them important life lessons.

“We teach them two important things,” Smith said. “There are no shortcuts to success and there is no substitute for hard work.”

Both men said the league helps players develop a sense of pride and highlights the importance of teamwork, by building  trust and chemistry among the teams–something that will help the players as they progress into other basketball programs.

The travel league currently plays all of its games and tournaments in the Commonwealth of Virginia to minimize costs, and schedules tryouts, practices and events so as not to interfere with the Louisa County Parks and Recreation league or the county’s high school and middle school basketball teams.

To read the entire story, see the Nov. 15 edition of The Central Virginian.