Our Hoops spotlight shines bright on Genesis Parker!Genesis has been a part of the Hoops family since she was in the 5th grade. She is currently in her final year at Butler University and had a great season on the court! Genesis has an impressive basketball bio, starting at Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas. After high school, she played for Virginia Tech and University of Cincinnati, before transferring to Butler University. Genesis is majoring in chemistry and enjoys leading a Bible study for senior citizens.
Look at what’s new at Hoops!
We’ve got a lot to be proud of — a program that beats all the others and alumni players that make us crazy proud!
Check out our “kids” who have been through the program and become dynamite players. We’ve loved being a part of their lives and watching them continue to play college ball. Often, we get to see them on school breaks and sometimes they even help us coach younger players in clinics. We are so proud of who they are becoming, on and off the court!
Make sure to check this new page often. We’re always adding new alumni and updating their amazing accomplishments!
Raise your hand if your family has had a big ole dose of stress….
We get it. The past year has been filled with stress and our kids feel it too. A lot of times children don’t know how to handle their internal stress, and they lash out at us, siblings and sometimes even their own friends. While good parenting often involves trying to shield our children from additional stress, it really is unavoidable. We have to find healthy, helpful ways to teach our kids how to recognize and deal with stress in their lives. Here are a couple of tips we can use to help:
1. Acknowledge the source of the stress: help your child accurately identify what’s stressing them out. Don’t minimize how or why they feel that way, even if it seems silly to you. Sometimes allowing your child to feel heard and understood can often help lower the stress they are feeling.
2. Help them understand their feelings: once you’ve identified the source of the stress, let your child talk about how they feel. Often emotions are complicated and this can give your child a safe space to talk about things that might be serious, such as being bullied or feeling uncomfortable. Ensure they can share these emotions without feeling judged or ridiculed.
3. Make sure stress isn’t out of hand: make sure you aren’t pushing your child too far. It’s our job to help support our children to make sure they have what they need to deal with stress without over-taxing themselves.
4. Promote a healthy lifestyle: stress can be brought on or made worse by how your child is taking care of themselves. Stress is exacerbated by a host of physical influences, including hormones and sleep. Even overindulging in junk food or drinking too much caffeine can interfere with healthy reactions to stress. The simple solution is generally healthy living – make sure that your child is getting plenty of sleep, hydrating and fueling properly, and exercising enough.
This month our Hoops spotlight shines brightly on Laura Williams!
Laura is currently a freshman at St. Paul VI Catholic High School and plays on the varsity girls basketball team.
Check out some of Laura’s story: “When I first heard of the girls’ basketball program at Paul VI, I never thought I would be a part of it. First, I went to their open gyms. Normally, I would be very nervous, but not with this team. After the first night, I felt comfortable and right where I was supposed to be. On the day before try-outs, I never thought I would be asked to play varsity as a freshman at such an advanced school. After that moment I felt like I made it, but knew I still had so long to go. When I made the team I was so ecstatic, and even more so when I found out that we were going to have a season. Being a freshman I didn’t expect to play that much, or even at all, in the first game being that my team was already so good. When my coach called my name to go in my first high school game I felt everything in slow motion. Nothing else mattered to me in that moment. Later in the season, the games got tougher and we played some outstanding teams and won. I can safely say that I truly did enjoy my basketball season ending undefeated. Overall, I know that this was just the beginning and I have so much more to learn from PVI and I’m excited to do it.”
We’re excited for Laura and look forward to watching her grow!
Who’s ready for some camps? Could we be any more excited? We are really pumped for our Spring Break Camp, which will be here before we know it! Are you ready to get back to camp with us?
Dates: March 30, 31 and April 1 (3 days)
Location: Dulles SportsPlex or One Loudoun (TBD)
We will be maintaining covid-caution and limiting camp to 15 students.
Time: 9 am to noon
Ages 14-18 years old
Time: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
*Hoops is committed to safety, no matter what. If we are unable to hold any of our camps because of changing safety regulations due to Covid-19, we will refund any registrations.