In July 2003, the seeds were planted for creating an enduring youth basketball organization for the Colorado Springs metro area. Through careful planning in late January 2004, these seeds were cultivated and the Colorado Springs STARS B-BALL Academy, Colorado non-profit 501(c)(3) organization was born. Soon after in 2006 the STARS launched a boys program to complement the girls.
As we enter our eighth summer, we have four top ten finishes in national tournaments. Over 300 players have worn our uniform, with 26 scholarships being awarded by colleges and universities and multiple metro player awards. The list of accomplishments goes on and continues to grow.
The STARS is the premiere organization in the Colorado Springs metropolitan area that offers the opportunity for at-promise high school girls and boys basketball players within the community to compete at the state, regional, and national level. Although our organization's motto, "Building Better Athletes While Learning Life Skills" is couched in terms of competitive athletics, a much broader sense of our program is to enable girls to experience "success", raise self-esteem, and develop leaders of character.
The mission of the Colorado Springs STARS B-BALL Academy is to improve the lives of young people by developing "Leaders of Character" and "Building Better Athletes while Learning Life skills" through the sport of basketball. Our mission is accomplished by conducting the Shooting STARS Basketball Enrichment Program, our community outreach program, and the Colorado Springs STARS Select Team Basketball Program.
Both programs are designed to provide intensive training on improving fundamental basketball skills in a positive, structured, college-prep environment. An additional benefit of our Colorado Springs STARS Select Team Basketball Program is the regional and national exposure our players receive through Colorado and NCAA certified national tournaments which increase our at-promise, economically disadvantaged players' chances of earning college athletic scholarships.
A key aspect of the Colorado Springs STARS B-BALL Academy is to create an environment which fosters a positive climate and creates a setting for developing character and leadership. Basketball is a medium that youth can learn discipline, personal excellence, dedication, focus, organization, and teamwork that are transferable skills into the classroom and beyond. Our structured basketball enrichment program is for developing not only basketball skills, but life skills.
The Colorado Springs STARS B-BALL Academy is about serving kids through the sport of basketball. The Shooting STARS Basketball Enrichment Program for youth ages 12 to 17 is one of the only organized and structured programs of its kind in the Colorado Springs metro area. These clinics are centered on developing basketball skills with the threads of character and leadership integrated into our teaching methods.
Back Row: Coach Yantz Robinson, Alyssa Aldaz, Renee Harris, Kathryn Dunning, Shamela Hampton, Ashley Crawford,
Megann Alberts, Natalie Rood, Haley Adragna, Michelle Ambuul, Kiki Taylor, Coach Joe Aldaz, Coach Maurice Jones
Front Row: Holly Valdez, Lindsay Hestermann, Melissa George, Kaeleigh Helsham, Gina Castro, Rachel Danielson,
Sadie Maughan, Marissa Martinez, Jessica Conway Not Pictured: Audrianna Flores, Kyla Motz