Team Choo Basketball Program

The philosophy of the Choo Smith Youth Empowerment is based on our 4 L’s, Love it, Learn it, Live it, Lead it. The guiding principle behind Team Choo’s participation in the AAU circuit tournaments is our belief in its educational value for our students. Team Choo promotes character traits of high value to personal development and success in later life. These include the drive to take one’s talents to the highest level of performance; embracing the discipline needed to reach high standards; learning to work with others as a team in pursuit of a common goal; and adherence to codes of fairness and respect.

CSYE’s mission defines expectations both on the court and off. In the name of excellence, CSYE aims for a level of athletic performance that will frequently produce winning seasons and the realistic opportunity to compete for team or individual championships. Our mission also requires that CSYE athletes be students first, CSYE will pay careful attention to their academic record and motivation, that they benefit from CSYE’s educational programs and make satisfactory progress toward graduation.

CSYE is also committed to the physical and emotional well-being of student-athletes and to the social development of the whole person. We recognize that great demands are placed on students who participate in athletics, and we are committed to providing support to help them manage these demands and get the most out of their Team Choo experience. Athletes are also expected to adhere to a level of conduct that brings credit to themselves and the organization and uphold the values of citizenship and service.

The program will evaluate and correct each player’s bad habits as well as enhance and improve each player’s skills, mental toughness, work ethic, character, and Basketball IQ.

Tryouts will be held for each of the Team Choo teams. Once a participant has made the Team Choo roster each athlete will be assessed team fees to defray the cost of the tournaments and gym rentals. All fees are to be made according to the fee schedule. All team fees non-refundable.

Each Team Choo participant and their parents/guardian will be requires to agree and sign our Athlete and Parent code of Conduct.

Our Milestones

  • 2015 Feb
    Formed three AAU Showcase Teams

    14U Boys and Girls.

  • 2016 Feb
    Expanded Team Choo

    Added two teams 15U Girls and 16U Boys for a total of 4 Teams.

  • 2017 May
    Placed 13 Athletes in College

    Since the inception of Team Choo in 2015 Team Choo has been instrumental in placing 13 athletes in college. The college breakdown is as follows:

    5 Athletes in Division I
    • Daquan Bracey – Louisiana Tech
    • Raine McKeython – Stetson
    • Jordan Jones – Charleston Southern
    • Kani Coles – Central Florida
    • Dwayne Banks – South Carolina State
    3 Athletes in Division II
    • Danny Shand – University of the District of Columbia
    • Devin Smith – Gannon
    • Tremaine “Rock” Tazewell – Florida Memorial University
    3 Athletes in Division III
    • Joey O’Dwyer – Penn State York
    • Charles Okehie – University of Rochester
    • Kevin Mackle, Jr. – St. Mary’s
    2 Athletes in Junior College
    • Jesane Phillander- Dundalk
    • George Sydnor, III- Hagerstown

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