ALTON — After an exciting regular season of recreational basketball in Barnstead, Revolution United gave the teams one more opportunity to play in the first ever basketball jamboree held at Prospect Mountain High School. This was the first season of basketball that Revolution United took over for, after being asked by the town and parks and recreation for assistance.
“We didn’t want to just do what has always been done,” said Cory Halvorsen, founder and executive director of Revolution United. “When we take on a program, we want to make sure we are taking feedback from our members, coaches and parents, to create the best opportunities for all of our players.”
When Revolution United took on recreational basketball for Barnstead this season, they quickly learned that there wasn’t an end of the season tournament or jamboree of any kind within the league, and the season would just end with the last game. That wasn’t good enough for the club that has grown to more than 750 participants in all of the sports that are now offered. Together, the leadership team quickly got to work putting together an end of the season jamboree for grades one and two and three and four and end of the season double elimination tournament for grades five and six.
Teams from Barnstead, Gilmanton, Wakefield, Milton, Pittsfield, Farmington and Strafford attended this year’s event, which represented more than 200 kids throughout the day.
“It was a great day for all of the teams,’’ Halvorsen said. “To see the players smiling, getting their awards, and to see how much they have all grown at the end of the season is all you can ask for and is a great reminder of why we put these programs together.”
Revolution United had all five teams compete in the jamboree and would like to thank all of its coaches for their dedication to the teams all season. In the off season, the club will be looking for additional ways to grow the program and have more offerings, in other age groups to give an opportunity for players to play at all levels.
“We would like to congratulate all of the teams who participated on a great season, and congratulate Strafford fifth and sixth grade boys, coached by J Fitzpatrick, on their championship win over Milton,” said Halvorsen.
This summer, in addition to the popular soccer camp held by the club, they will also be offering a basketball camp for one week in July. More information about Revolution United or the camps can be found at revsunited.com