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Castle Programming Humming Along With NYC Castle Challenge Leading The Way

December 8, 2016

During the Fall and Winter, Castle Athletics focuses its attention on its elementary and middle school aged student athletes. Since late October, the players have been enmeshed in twice weekly practices and academic enrichment sessions and begun play in the Winter League at the House of Sports in Ardsley. Additionally, the student athletes participated in the First Annual Castle Foul Shot Fundraiser, raising funds to help support the program.

But, over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Castle staged The First NYC Castle Challenge at Hostos Community College and displayed how Castle has been reaching deep into the NYC community to develop itself and its student athletes. Held over two days, nine high school boys and girls games were played. Matchups on the Girls side included: Manhattan Center v. Democracy Prep, J.F. Kennedy v. Martin Luther King, Aquinas v. Renaissance, and Holcombe Rucker v. Harry S. Truman. On the Boys side, games were: J.F. Kennedy v. John Bowne, Bedford Academy v. McKee/Staten Island Tech, Democracy Prep v. Kipp NYC College Prep, H.S. for Construction v. Holcombe Rucker and Wadleigh High School v. Brooklyn Law & Tech. Each game was hotly contested and showed that all of the teams were ready to start the their high school campaigns. Teams are already lining up and requesting to participate in next year’s Challenge.

Many thanks go out to Rudy King, Grassroots Coordinator, and Red Collier for coordinating the Challenge and to Ghandhi Martin to help bring it all together. Additionally, many thanks to the Castle coaches and Friends of Castle that volunteered their precious time over a holiday weekend to help pull off one of the finest basketball programs held in NYC.

Photos of the Challenge will be placed online soon.



The Castle Athletics Challenge

November 22, 2016

The Castle Athletics Challenge features both boys & girls high school varsity basketball teams in a two-day event, to be played at Hostos Community College, November 25-26, 2016.


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Teams Announced for First Castle Athletics Challenge

October 27, 2016

Castle Athletics announced today that it will hold its First Castle Athletics Challenge on November 25-26, 2016. The two-day event, to be played at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, will bring together some of NYC’s best high school boys and girls basketball programs. On the boys side, teams are John Bowne, John F. Kennedy, Bedford Academy, McKee/Staten Island, Democracy Prep, Kipp College Prep, High School for Construction, Holcombe Rucker, Brooklyn Law & Tech and Wadleigh. And, on the girls side, teams are Democracy Prep, Manhattan Center, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Harry Truman, Holcombe Rucker, Renaissance and Aquinas.

Brian Rosen, Castle President, noted that “Hostos is a first class school with first class athletic facilities. We are thrilled with our relationship with Hostos because we share the same message-providing academics and opportunities to the local communities. To be able to hold the Challenge there furthers our goal of reaching out to the neighborhoods and to show what is available in their own backyard.”

Castle Grassroots Coordinator Rudy King said that “the response from the NYC grassroots basketball community to the Challenge has been incredible. We thought that the first year would be a growing year, but, the number of teams interested in participating has been overwhelming and we, the Castle family, thoroughly appreciate the trust. Hopefully, next year, we will be able to accommodate everyone interested.”

While there will be lots of basketball to be played over the course of the Challenge, Rosen promises many contests and giveaways for spectators. The schedule for games will be posted on the Castle website and be available on social media outlets. Tickets for the event will be $5 per day, with a minimum of four games per day.


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