Castle Athletics tryouts for its Boys and Girls Middle School teams are happening, with more and more student athletes looking to participate. The Boys continue tonight (B11 and B13) and tomorrow (B12 and B14) at The Salvation Army at 137th Street and Lenox Avenue in Manhattan. The Girls will conduct one additional tryout (G10-12) on Saturday, September 17th, in Brooklyn at Wyckoff Gardens Community Center. See the below flier for the Girls details.

Do not miss out on an opportunity to participate!!


Castle Athletics has scheduled tryouts for its 2022-2023 Middle School Girls teams for this weekend. Middle School Coordinator Anwar Gladden said that “with our schedule and the desire to get our student athletes in the gym as early as possible for training and practices, we felt there was no need to wait for the school year to get underway. We anticipate practicing and training several days a week to get ready for the Fall and Winter seasons. They are competitive schedules and our student athletes will be ready for the competition.”

Last year, the Girls Middle School teams played at the highest level and traveled to compete in the best tournaments. Over the Summer, they were in Indiana, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania and even showed their strengths on the courts of NYC. To be a part of it, check out the scheduled tryouts and play your best!!!

Steven Tenorio Named Salutatorian

Castle Athletics is proud to announce that Steven Tenorio, a student athlete on the Castle Boys 13U Team and previously recognized as a Castle Student-Athlete of the Month, was named Salutatorian of IS 528 at the Bea Fuller Rodgers School in Washington Heights this June.  Steven has always been a strong, dedicated, vocal and academically achieving student.  But, this year, in 8th grade, he knew he would have to shift into another gear in order to reach his full potential as a student.  So, he dedicated over an hour a week to studying Geometry and Science with the Castle Athletics Khan Academy tutoring program.  Castle requires all student-athletes to complete weekly online virtual tutoring in order to participate in any games or activities.  Steven never missed a week. The focus and structure provided by weekly tutoring created the scaffolding for his success to grow and he was rewarded with the honor of being named Salutatorian.  Coach Jessie Sapp noted that “Steven has pursued strongly his academics and realizes that, to be complete, he must be well-grounded in both athletics and academics.  We are so proud of his development and know that he will continue on this tremendous path.”

Castle Athletics has a deeply ingrained programmatic commitment to not only the athletic development of our student-athletes, but also, to their academic successes.  Steven Tenorio exemplifies our mission of supporting the growth of student-athletes in NYC.


Last weekend, all six Castle Lady Knights teams took to the hardwood in Albany to face the Gym Rat Challenge.  And, while it was an endurance test, they certainly proved worthy of the Challenge.  The Girls 15 and 16U teams took home the Rat Trophy, while two others lost in the championship games and another lost in the semi-final game.  A tremendous showing from the entire Girls program.  Rock Rosa, Castle Girls Program Coordinator, stated, “we could not be more proud of the way our Girls play and the sportsmanship which they display.  We compete every game and we do it the right way.”  This was echoed by Coach Chez Williams, coach of the Girls 13U and 16U teams.  “All year, we have been building and building so that the team develops as a cohesive unit, and the results are speaking for themselves.  We are looking forward to the Live periods where our student athletes can display their talents and their desire to play at the next level.”

The teams head off to Spooky Nook this week to play in The Prime Event East.  Looking forward to another great weekend.